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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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
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Roy Rochlin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jamie Foxx is speaking up in defense of Jimmy Fallon after he received backlash for doing blackface in a Saturday Night Live sketch 20 years ago.

Underneath an E! News post about Fallon's apology, Foxx commented, "He was doing an impression of chris rock. It wasn’t black face."

"We comedians I know it’s a tough time right now. But this one is a stretch. On a show called in living color we played every race Let this one go. We got bigger fish to fry," he added, along with #changecourse.

In the sketchThe Tonight Show host's skin appeared painted brown as he impersonated actor and comedian Chris Rock. Although the bit was from 2000, it resurfaced on Tuesday causing the #jimmyfallonisover to start trending on Twitter. Shortly after, Fallon issued an apology on the social media platform and took full responsibility for his actions. 

He tweeted, "In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this. I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable."

By Danielle Long
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Disney (LOS ANGELES) -- While The Mandalorian is responsible for cutting-edge technological advances in TV production, the Disney hit is also responsible for a change in how Golden Globes are awarded to actors. 

According to Variety, the issue was star Pedro Pascal's portrayal of the title character.  Specifically, the mysterious bounty hunter is bound by a creed not to remove his helmet -- and so his face remains covered until the final episode of the first season. 

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Golden Globes, had a rule stating, "voice-only performances are not eligible in any acting category," a mandate primarily intended to address animated films, making Pascal ineligible last year for an acting award nomination.  However, the HFPA has now declared that because Pascal's face was ultimately revealed, albeit briefly, he isn't considered a voiceover-only performer, and so would have been eligible for nomination last year.

While Pascal voices the Mandalorian -- the character's name is Din Djarin, by the way -- the actor's not always the man in the armored suit.  Brendan Wayne, incidentally the grandson of John Wayne, also performs the character while helmeted, as does martial artist Lateef Crowder for some of the fight scenes. 

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HBO Max(LOS ANGELES) -- HBO's new streaming service HBO Max launches today, and a last-minute edition to the line-up of thousands of movies and TV shows will have Harry Potter fans swooning. 

ABC Audio has confirmed that all eight films in the Potter series, including the two spin-offs from J.K. Rowling's wizarding world -- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald -- are available for viewing on the service. 

As previously reported, the $14.99/month service boasts some 10,000 hours of programming, including six new original series, plus HBO's slate of hit shows, like Veep and Curb Your Enthusiasm.  It'll also feature a library of 2,000 films, from Casablanca to The Matrix to the LEGO movies.  

Subscribers also have access to the full runs of shows including Friends, The Big Bang Theorythe new Doctor Who, Rick and MortyThe BoondocksThe BachelorSesame StreetThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, CW shows such as Batwoman, and -- eventually -- South ParkAdventure Time, Gossip Girl, and The West Wing.

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Melinda Sue Gordon/©2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- The trailer to director Christopher Nolan's mind-and-time-bending thriller Tenet shows glimpses of a huge action scene that centers on the detonation of a 747 passenger plane in a hangar. 

But in this day and age of computer wizardry, Nolan went old school: he actually blew up the real thing. It was more "efficient" that way, he explains to Total Film

"I planned to do it using miniatures and set-piece builds and a combination of visual effects and all the rest," the filmmaker says. But then while scouting locations in Victorville, California, his team came upon an aviation 'boneyard' -- that is, a collection of mothballed aircraft.

Says Nolan, "We started to run the numbers [and] it became apparent that it would actually be more efficient to buy a real plane of the real size, and perform this sequence for real in-camera, rather than build miniatures or go the CG route."

He adds with a laugh, "It's a strange thing to talk about -- a kind of impulse buying, I suppose." 

The scene's massive scale left an impression on co-star Robert Pattinson, whose character, for reasons as yet unknown in the super-secret film, plots the plane's demise with John David Washington's character.

"You wouldn't have thought there was any reality where you would be doing a scene where they just have an actual 747 to blow up! It’s so bold to the point of ridiculousness," Pattinson recalls. "I remember, as we were shooting it, I was thinking, 'How many more times is this even going to be happening in a film at all?'"

Tenet is slated for a July 17 theatrical debut.

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ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- It's well known that John Krasinski put his time in lockdown to good use, with the uplifting YouTube series Some Good News.  Now sharing the reason behind his surprise recent decision to sell it to CBS News. 

On his Office co-star Rainn Wilson's Instagram series Hey There, Human, Krasinski explained, "...I was only planning on doing eight of them during quarantine, because I have these other things that I'm going to be having to do very soon, like Jack Ryan and all this other stuff. But more than that, it was something that writing, directing, and producing with a couple of my friends was so much [that] I knew it wouldn't be sustainable with my prior commitments."

The Quiet Place director adds, "[I]t's funny, in the first episode I said, 'Why isn't there a news show dedicated entirely to good news?' and now we have one of the biggest news programs in America, CBS News, saying that they want to make it part of their permanent news cycle, which is insane."

Krasinski enthused, "The fact that we were able to accomplish that -- in eight weeks it went from not existing to now being on one of these huge news networks -- is honestly one of the most amazing honors I've ever been able to pull off. And again, it was all due to the community and to the people."

He also explained he'll return to host occasionally, and also tapped Wilson to take a shift or two. "We have a lot of fun stuff planned and I can't wait to dig in," John says.

For his part, Wilson called Some Good News "profound," adding, "It was just what this country needed." 

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Freeform(LOS ANGELES) -- As COVID-19 spread, there was a collective concern for beloved icon Betty White and her safety. Her rep first gave an update that she was doing well in March, and now two months later, fans can rest assured knowing she's still doing just fine. 

In an email to Today, White's rep revealed that the 98-year-old actress is doing "very well" and is taking all the precautions to keep herself as safe as possible. 

"No one permitted in except those who must," the rep said. 

The Golden Girls actress has been quarantined in her home during the COVID-19 pandemic but in no way has she gotten bored. 

"She owns literally thousands of crossword puzzle books and is constantly doing them to keep her mind jumping. This is really serious with her," the rep shared.

White isn't just cooped up in the house, though. Her rep explained, "Betty has beautiful backyard with a number of wild animals visiting. Two ducks always come by to say hello. They waddle up to her glass door and look in."

The comedian's publicist also chimed in playfully adding, "the animal community is watching over her" and that "the virus is afraid of Betty!"

So there you have it, long live Betty White. 

By Danielle Long
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L-R - Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton -- Patrick McElhenney/FXX(LOS ANGELES) -- FX has renewed It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia for a record-breaking 15th season, according to Deadline. The series, which wrapped up its 14th season in November, had already tied the very different  The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet for longest-running live-action comedy series by seasons. 

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia creators Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day star in the comedy, along with Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito.

McElhenney told ABC Audio about the longevity of the series. "We always believed in the show. We always loved making the show. And I think that's the key. I think when people ask about the success of Sunny, I think that the most important thing, as I think about it over the 14 years, is that we all love each other, truly, and that we're having fun making the show."

He adds, "People talk about this in terms of TV shows and movies all the time. 'You were family.' But we are literally a family. We're all married to one another." McElhenney's married to his co-star, Kaitlin Olson,  Day is married to featured Sunny player Mary Elizabeth Ellis, and Howerton met his wife, Jill Latiano, after she appeared on an episode.

Co-producer Megan Ganz adds with a laugh, "Someday the kids will be on the show. Season 25, guys." McElhenney adds, "That'll be spin off, as our children become the stars of the show."

Rob says, "When you make a show about people who are such sociopaths, essentially, and almost cartoonishly evil, in terms of comedy, the only way it works is that it's clear the human behinds behind it are not, right?" said McElhenney, addressing the secret of show's staying power. "It's clear that we're having fun..."

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2018 - Paramount PicturesTom Cruise’s American Made and Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman has signed on to helm Cruise’s forthcoming as-yet-untitled action adventure film, to be shot in outer space, according to Deadline. 

Cruise, with the help of Elon Musk’s Space X and NASA, plans to actually travel to space to shoot the film -- a historical first.

The project will require Cruise to undergo intense training in order to be able to withstand an outer space flight, which should be nothing for the daring actor, who’s known for performing his own stunts, including one in 2018's Mission Impossible: Fallout in which he broke his ankle while leaping from one rooftop to the other.

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NBC(NEW YORK) -- Jimmy Fallon apologized on Tuesday after drawing criticism for appearing in blackface during a Saturday Night Live sketch 20 years ago, calling it a “terrible decision.”

The sketch from 2000 featured Fallon portraying comedian and fellow SNL allum Chris Rock during interview with Darrel Hammond as TV host Regis Philbin.  NBC had previously removed the video from its website, but the clip resurfaced on Twitter and YouTube.

“In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this,” Fallon wrote on Twitter. “I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”

In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this.

I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.

— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) May 26, 2020

The clip, seems to have resurfaced on the account @chefboyohdear, who drew a comparison between Megyn Kelly, who was fired from NBC in 2018 for appearing to defend blackface Halloween costumes, with Fallon, who “performed on NBC in blackface.”

On Tuesday, the hashtag #JimmyFallonIsOverParty began trending on Twitter, with social media users calling to “cancel” Fallon for his impersonation.

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ABC(NEW YORK) -- Tonight on ABC, the true crime show The Genetic Detective debuts at 10 p.m. ET. In the program, investigative genealogist CeCe Moore uses her DNA research skills to bring criminals to justice. 

"It really started for me just as a hobby," Moore explains. "Actually, there was no such thing as a professional genetic genealogist....And so I just jumped in with both feet and learned by doing so."

"I don't have a science degree," she notes. "I'm self-taught in all of this, but I was really fortunate that it was very early in the field when I became interested and I had the ability to commit a lot of time to learning."

Moore's work helping people track down their birth parents led to her work with law enforcement, but she says she didn't take that step until she was confident that ethical issues of dealing with people's most sensitive information were satisfied.

"Who wouldn't want to help stop a serial killer? Bring answers to these families and victims that have waited for years and decades?" Moore asked rhetorically.

"So almost exactly two years ago, I finally felt that I could responsibly move forward. And I've been able to help solve a case a week on average -- so hundred and ten cases across the country now."  

Tonight's installment shows Moore working with Seattle's Snohomish County Sheriff's Office on the double homicide of a young couple who disappeared in 1987.

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