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And the "Dancing with the Stars 24" winner is... Rashad Jennings!

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) — NFL running back Rashad Jennings won the coveted Mirrorball Trophy Tuesday night in the season 24 finale of Dancing with the Stars.

In the two and a half hour star-studded show, three finalists squared off in the last round of the competition: Jennings and his partner Emma Slater; two-time World Series champion David Ross and his partner Lindsay Arnold; and Fifth Harmony stunner Normani Kordei with her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

The night kicked off with a rousing opening number, featuring a reunion of all 12 of this season’s couples, along with judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough along with hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.

Everyone from Charo and Mr. T to Heather Morris, Simone Biles and Bonner Bolton made an appearance on the stage, dancing and reminiscing about the season.

It was a spirited evening punctuated with performances from Hailee Steinfeld, TLC, OneRepublic and Lady Antebellum, as well as a preview of ABC’s new adaptation of the global pop-culture phenomenon Dirty Dancing, featuring Nicole Scherzinger and Colt Prattes dancing to “Do You Love Me.”

After all the pomp and circumstance and glitz and glamour, the show got down to brass tacks when the finalists each performed a dance favorite, which was not scored, and then a fusion of dances based on everything they learned over the prior 10 weeks, which was scored for the finals.

David and Lindsay’s dance was a fusion of the foxtrot and salsa and earned praise from Len Goodman who said, “Watching you brings me joy.” Bruno summed up Ross’ place in the finals by saying, “You already are the people’s champion.”

Normani and Val performed a bewitching fusion of an Argentine tango and foxtrot which brought her another perfect score. Bruno called her “a leading lady” while Carrie Ann said, “You were born to win this competition.”

Finally, Rashad and Emma’s fusion of the cha cha and tango brought a score of 39 and in spite of the praise from the judges, it looked at that moment that Normani Kordei was certain to win.

However, in a stunning turn of events, when the finalists took their place on stage in the last 15 minutes of the show, and votes were tallied from last week and last night, it was Normani who took third place.

A gasp could be heard in the audience and judges Carrie Ann and Bruno seemed truly shocked. In spite of the loss, Normani was as demure and gracious as ever and thanked the show saying she was grateful for the experience.

In the end it was down to David Ross and Rashad Jennings, and Jennings won the season. It was also announced that Jennings will be joining the ensemble of the Dancing with the Stars summer tour.

Backstage after the show, Jennings was ecstatic. “That’s an amazing feeling. That is such an amazing feeling. I’m so thankful for the show. Emma, she deserves it,” he said.

But fellow contestant Charo, for one was shocked that Normani lost. “I though she gonna be the winner — Normani. I mean, no doubt about it,” she told ABC Radio. “Because she is the best dancer that I ever saw in my life.”

You can catch the winners Wednesday morning on Good Morning America on ABC.

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Get ready: Jordan Peele's next social thriller gets spring 2019 release date

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Fresh off of his Get Out success, Jordan Peele’s next social thriller has been given an official release date.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peele’s upcoming film is set to hit theaters on March 15, 2019. Similar to Get Out, Peele will write, direct and produce the untitled project. However, his new feature is said to have a “larger canvas,” and a budget five times bigger than his Get Out debut

Get Out, which was made for a reported $4.5 million, has grossed nearly $230 million at the worldwide box office since its February 24 release. The filmmaker told ABC Radio that he felt now was the perfect time to have the type of conversations on race and social issues that Get Out sparked.

As previously reported, Peele inked a new two-year deal with Universal, including a first-look overall production deal for his Monkeypaw Productions.

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Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot says it's "really magical" to inspire youth with "strong female figure"

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, says it’s “really, really magical” to play the most powerful woman in the DC Comics’ superhero world.

During an interview with the main cast of the Warner Bros. film, Gadot explained to Good Morning America, “I think it’s so important that girls and boys have a strong female figure to look up to. We always had Superman and Batman, which is awesome, but it’s also very important for all of us to have this amazing character.”

The actress, who also revealed she was five months pregnant with her youngest daughter while doing re-shoots for the film, said, “it’s crazy to think this character has been around for over 75 years and this is the first time we see her on the big screen and actually get to establish her origin story.”

Gadot, who added that “she never dreamt of being an actress,” said says of the role she first played in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, “It was an honor for me to do this part. I’m all about strong female figures and I love Wonder Woman.”

For her part, director Patty Jenkins said she’s a “huge believer in the story of becoming a hero,” and hopes everyone who sees the film feels inspired.

“I hope they have a great time and I hope they love it and I hope they laugh, but I also hope they feel inspired to be a hero in their own life,” she said. “And learn love and thoughtfulness as well as strength.”

Wonder Woman, which also stars Chris Pine and Robin Wright, hits theaters June 2.

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Janelle Monáe joins Steve Carrell in new drama, "Marwencol"

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) — Janelle Monáe is headed back to the big screen in a new upcoming drama.

According to Variety, the singer and Hidden Figures actress will star alongside Steve Carrell and Leslie Mann in the new feature from Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis.

The film is based on the 2010 documentary with the same name and follows the true story of Mark Hogencamp, a man who built a miniature town in his garden after recovering from a coma caused by a vicious attack.

Details on Monáe’s character have yet to be revealed.

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ScarJost? Is Scarlett Johansson dating "SNL" star Colin Jost?

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By Stephen Iervolino

NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) — Apparently, Scarlett Johansson’s appearance as Ivanka Trump in the opening sketch of Saturday Night Live‘s season-42 finale this past weekend wasn’t the biggets shocker of the night.

The Captain America: Civil War star was spotted making out with Colin Jost, who co-anchors the show’s “Weekend Update” segment, at the afterparty held at the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, sources tell the New York Post.

“Scarlett and Colin were making out at the bar at the SNL season finale party at 30 Rock…They would make out a bit, then go back to talking,” according the source. “They were at the bar in front of everyone…they made out at least twice…Then they went back to talking and hanging with other people.”

The two were reportedly “flirting and canoodling in full view of everyone at the afterparty, including the SNL cast and crew,” says another eyewitness. “They were laughing and seemed to really hit it off.”

It turns out that this isn’t the first time ScarJo, 32, and Jost, 34, have reportedly hooked up.

“It’s been going on for a bit,” an insider tells E! Online, adding that the Scarlett and Colin started dating after her hosting SNL back in March.

Johansson filed for divorce from her husband, French journalist Romain Dauriac, in March after less than three years of marriage. They share a two-year-old daughter, Rose.

Johansson was previously married to Ryan Reynolds from 2008-2011.

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