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'Dancing with the Stars' semi-finals: A double dose of dances and a jaw-dropping double elimination

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — We got a double dose of dances during Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars semi-finals, with each couple taking the dance floor twice. But it all culminated in a double elimination at the end of the night.

And that elimination was a doozy, sending home arguably the best performer of the competition, Juan Pablo Di Pace, as well as consistent low scorer “Grocery Store” Joe Amabile.

It was an especially shocking elimination for Juan Pablo, who, along with partner Cheryl Burke, had earned his third consecutive week of perfect scores from the judges. The crowd booed and the judges called the decision just plain “wrong.”

But before all that went down, the first round of dances of the night was the “dedication” round in which the contestants got to dedicate the dance to someone special to them.

In this round, Juan Pablo’s tango dedicated to his mom who had battled breast cancer and Evanna Lynch’s contemporary routine dedicated to a friend who died from ALS, both received perfect scores.

And if you’re keeping track of the budding romance between Alexis Ren and dance partner Alan Bersten, this week Alexis dedicated her passionate rain-soaked waltz especially to him.

In the second round of dances, it was judges’ choice. Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli asked the couples to redo one of their dances and gave them pointers on how to improve it.

Juan Pablo was again the star of this round, with his sexy salsa earning him another perfect score. Alexis and Alan’s ‘80s aerobics-themed jive also delighted the judges, giving them a perfect score as well.

“Grocery Store” Joe’s second dance — a quickstep — got him his highest score of the competition: a 24/30. It also kept him from being the lowest scorer of the night. That misfortune went to Bobby Bones, who had a combined total of 45/60.

Bobby’s heading to the finals next week though, along with Milo Manheim, Alexis Ren and Evanna Lynch.

Highest Score:
Juan Pablo Di Pace, Fuller House & Mamma Mia! actor, with Cheryl Burke, 30;30 60/60 (eliminated)

Alexis Ren, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, with Alan Bersten, 29;30 59/60
Evanna Lynch, Harry Potter films star, with Keo Motsepe, 30;28 58/60
Milo Manheim, Disney Channel star, with Witney Carson, 27;28 55/60
“Grocery Store” Joe Amabile, The Bachelorette contestant, with Jenna Johnson, 22;24 46/60 (eliminated)

Lowest Score:

Bobby Bones, radio personality, with Sharna Burgess, 21;24 45/60

Dancing with the Stars returns for its season finale Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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On 'The Late Show', Stephen Colbert, Hugh Jackman pay tribute to Stan Lee

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By Stephen Iervolino

Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) — Legendary comics creator and master of the Marvel Studios cameo, Stan Lee, passed away on Monday, and on the Late Show, Marvel fanboy Stephen Colbert took a moment to remember “Stan ‘The Man'”– as fans came to know the 95-year-old comics icon.

Colbert fans know the Captain America shield that Colbert wielded on the Daily Show followed him to his Late Show set, where it still hangs above the audience.

“Today, the world lost a legend,” said Colbert, who noted Lee’s service in World War II and love for his beloved wife of 70 years, Joanie, who died in 2017.

“Thanks for all the stories, Stan, Colbert said, adding to the comic icon, his catchphrase: “I know you’re hearing it a lot today, but: ‘Excelsior.'”

Incidentally, Colbert’s first guest Monday night was Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine, one of Lee’s X-Men, in nine movies. Jackman — who wasn’t initially supposed to play the razor-clawed character in 2000’s X-Men — is now synonymous with him. “I remember Stan as a true gentleman who had this glint in his eye,” Jackman said. “He is a creative genius…He created a whole universe that changed the lives of many people, mine included.”

The actor also recalled Lee’s fame could check anyone’s ego. “[Y]ou think, ‘Well, I’m Wolverine, I’m walking in to Comic Con, you know, this is my spot. This is a good day for me.’ And I was on a red carpet, and I was the only one on there, and nobody was taking my photo — because on the other end, there was about 300 photographers and interviewers, just all on Stan.”

He ended with, “God bless you, Stan, you’re one of the greats.”

Disney, who acquired Marvel almost a decade ago, released a statement from CEO Bob Iger that read, “Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”

Other celebs were quick to commemorate the comics icon, moments after the news broke. Robert Downey Jr., the man who helped get Marvel movies on the map, posted a photo of he and Lee together, commenting, “I owe it all to you,,, Rest In Peace Stan.”

Captain America himself, Chris Evans wrote, “There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!”

Spider-Man Tom Holland wrote, “How many millions of us are indebted to this guy, none more so than me. The father of Marvel has made so many people so incredibly happy.”

Ryan Reynolds posted a photo of Lee in one of his many cameos, this one when he played a strip joint DJ in Deadpool. That hero’s alter-ego said, “Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything.”

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Check out these holiday movies to stream on Netflix this season

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Ben Lamb and Rose McIver in “A Christmas Prince”; Netflix(NEW YORK) — Thanksgiving isn’t even here and yet we’re already seeing Christmas decorations in all the stores. Why not start watching holiday movies now, too?

Netflix has compiled a list of upcoming original films and the classics you already know and love. Hits like 2003’s Love Actually along with instant sensations like A Christmas Prince are already available on the streamer, with new films like The Christmas Chronicles coming later this month.

Here’s a look at what’s on the way for your family holiday binging pleasure:

Netflix Films and Shows
A Christmas Prince

A Very Murray Christmas
BoJack Horseman: Christmas Special
Christmas Inheritance

The Holiday Calendar

Love Actually
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas
Bad Santa
Bad Santa 2
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Get Santa
A Christmas Star
A Holiday Engagement
The Christmas Project
A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale
Christmas in the Smokies
Angels in the Snow
Christmas Crush
Christmas Ranch
Christmas Wedding Planner
(New 11/15)
Christmas with a View
Coffee Shop
Dear Santa
Holiday Baggage
Holiday Breakup
(Expires 12/15)
How Sarah Got Her Wings
Merry Kissmas
Miss Me This Christmas
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Chill with Bob Ross
(New 12/1)
Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special
Disney’s Beauty & The Beast
A Russell Peters Christmas
All American Christmas Carol
Trailer Park Boys: Xmas Special
Christmas Cracker
Red Christmas
Semana Santa
The Christmas Candle
The Spirit of Christmas
You Can’t Fight Christmas

Coming Soon
Nov. 16
The Princess Switch

Nov. 22
The Christmas Chronicles

Nov. 30
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

The Great British Baking Show: Holidays

Dec. 7
Nailed It! Holiday
Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas
Super Monsters and the Wish Star

Dec. 14
Fuller House: Season 4 (Episode 1: Oh My Santa)
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale

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Watch the 'Toy Story 4' 'teaser-trailer reaction' trailer, starring Key & Peele

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By ABC News Radio

Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) — Monday, we were unexpectedly treated to the first teaser-trailer for Toy Story 4. Today, we get an even bigger surprise — an official reaction video to the teaser-trailer.

But this reaction video isn’t your usual online nobody gasping into the camera as we watch them watch a trailer. This one’s from Pixar themselves, and features two brand-new Toy Story 4 characters: carnival toys Ducky and Bunny, a stuffed yellow duck and a fluffy blue-and-green stuffed rabbit voiced by none other than Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, respectively.

We meet Ducky and Bunny at a carnival shooting gallery after closing time, where they’re chilling out on the counter. Bunny asks Ducky if he’s seen the new Toy Story 4 trailer. That leads to them taking turns imitating Buzz Lightyear’s catchphrase “To infinity and beyond!” as well as a brief but on-the-nose Keegan-Michael Key impersonation of Tom Hanks as Woody.

But neither Ducky nor Bunny can get the catchphrase correct — that is, until Woody and Buzz themselves show up.

“It’s ‘To Infinity and beyond!'” Buzz declares. Which leads to Ducky and Bunny busting up laughing.

“That’s the stupidest thing I ever heard!” says Ducky.

“You can’t go to infinity, dummy!’ Bunny chimes in. “It’s just impossible!”

“You don’t know nothin’ about science,” Ducky agrees.

Toy Story 4 opens nationally June 21, 2019 from Pixar and Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Winter comes in the spring: 'Game of Thrones' final season debuts in April

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By ABC News Radio

Vladimir Furdik as the Night King; courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — (SPOILER ALERT) We’ve known for what seems like ages that Game of Thrones isn’t returning until next year, but we haven’t known when — until now.

HBO has just revealed that April will see the return the eighth and final season of their worldwide hit medieval fantasy drama. Still no date, however, on when the first episode will air.

They spilled the news with a series tweets and videos, each featuring a pivotal moment from the show all the way back to season one, and each with the hashtag #FortheThrone. As of late Tuesday morning there were 13 videos — Daenerys becoming khaleesi, Ned Stark’s execution, Joffrey Baratheon’s death, the Red Wedding, Jon Snow’s resurrection, the Battle of the Bastards and more, ending with the season seven final scene of the dragon Viserion, now an undead pet of the zombie Night King, destroying the Wall.

“Every battle. Every betrayal. Every risk. Every fight. Every sacrifice. Every death,” HBO declares.

As of last word, we’re still expecting Game of Thrones season eight to be just six episodes, though many of those will me much longer than an hour. We also know shooting on the final season began back in October of 2017 and only ended in early fall of this year.

Entertainment Weekly also revealed two weeks ago that the final season opens with Daenerys Targaryen and her army arriving at the Stark ancestral home of Winterfell to prepare for their final battle with the Night King and his army of the dead, which producers say is the longest sustained action sequence ever created for TV or film. Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, says, “It makes the Battle of the Bastards look like a theme park,” referring to the mammoth season six battle.

Winter is almost here — stay tuned.

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