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Jimmy Kimmel brings back two classic TV shows — 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' — tonight on ABC

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Tonight, Jimmy Kimmel and legendary TV show creator Norman Lear are bringing viewers the ultimate throwback experience. 

As previously reported, the two funnymen have teamed up for Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” which features live performances from classic episodes of All In The Family and its spin-off, The Jeffersons.

The two beloved sitcoms, which aired during the 70s and early 80s, were anything but politically correct and managed to address hot-button issues like racism, divorce, interracial marriage, poverty, politics and even sexual assault.

For All in the Family, Woody Harrelson will portray Archie Bunker, Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei will play his wife Edith and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Ellie Kemper appears as their daughter, Gloria Stivik.

On The Jeffersons, Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx will play George Jefferson, Wanda Sykes will be Weezie; Will Ferrell will play their neighbor Tom Willis, Kerry Washington will be his wife Helen, and Justina Machado will play Florence, their sassy maid.

Other additions include black-ish star Anthony Anderson as Uncle Henry, Carmichael Show veteran Amber Stevens West will play Jenny Willis Jefferson, and Jovan Adepo will play her brother Lionel Jefferson. 227 comic icon Jackée Harry will play Diane Stockwell.

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” airs tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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From 'The Dark Knight', to 'Ant-Man', to 'All Creatures Here Below', David Dastmalchian has the "Golden Ticket"

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Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films(LOS ANGELES) — While you might not recognize actor David Dastmalchian’s name, you’ve definitely seen him work: among many others, he stole scenes as a psycho Joker follower in The Dark Knight, and the Elvis-coiffed Russian hacker Kurt in the Ant-Man movie series.

He can also now be seen in theaters and streaming on-demand in a very different project, the intense drama All Creatures Here Below, which he wrote. He and another Marvel movie veteran, Karen Gillan, play a troubled couple who go on the run to their hometown of Kansas City, Kansas, after setting in motion a devastating chain of events.

“They are trying to make a family with a child that’s not their own,” he explains, “And in order to start over, they have to go back to the place where they’re from, and confront the thing that they fear the most.”

Kansas City is also Dastmalchian’s hometown. As he explains, going home was the only way he could have pulled off the independent film, which deals with heavy issues including kidnapping, relationship and family abuse, and poverty. 

“Having my family there with me and being back in the home territory, an amazing crew and cast surrounding me — it’s a small team but a very close knit family — just surrounding myself with people who I trust and love, that’s the only way I think you can keep throwing yourself into the fire for three weeks straight and not just end up in critical condition.”

Dastmalchian says he’s “so blessed” to be able to pivot from small projects like All Creatures, to big studio films. “These are…giant movies where I get to play really fun characters, and I’ve worked with directors that have let me just go and get crazy, and then they’ve — God, given me such amazing opportunities!”

He adds, “I’m such a…fan of…all these franchises…[A]nd now I’m just sneaking in somehow by the skin of my teeth as a character actor, getting to be on these sets. It’s like I got the Golden Ticket.”

He admits he has to keep his inner fanboy in check, however. “…[I’ll] have to go do let’s say a really intense scene with Jake Gyllenhaal or Evangeline Lilly, or…Paul Rudd — Michelle Pfeiffer on Ant-Man and the Wasp, Michael Douglas! You show up to work and you have to be like pro and you can’t act geeky or nerd out.”

He’s not always successful at the latter, he admits with a laugh.

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Lisa Kudrow explains how appearing next to her 'Friends' co-stars hurt her body image

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Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Lisa Kudrow has been in the public eye for decades, but being a celebrity hasn’t always been easy.

The actress told WTF podcast host Marc Maron that during the production of Friends, she felt extra pressure to be thin. She said that she had been self-conscious acting alongside Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston, who are shorter than she is.

“My bones feel bigger. I just felt like this mountain of a woman next to them,” the 5-foot-8 actress explained. By comparison, Cox and Aniston are a full three inches shorter.

“Unfortunately for a woman, if you’re underweight, you look good and that’s all I ever got,” she told Maron, adding, “And when I was too thin, I was sick all the time: a cold, a sinus infection, some kind of flu. I was always sick.”

She tells Maron she’s long since embraced her body, particularly as she gets older.

Kudrow, 55, starred as Phoebe Buffay on Friends for 10 years; the show ended in 2004, but years before that, the five co-stars famously negotiated a $1 million per episode salary.

The actress told Maron that she’s still being paid for her work on the sitcom, which is now streaming on Netflix and airing in syndication around the world.

She’s also stayed friendly with Cox and Aniston, as well as her other co-stars David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc.

“We had dinner [at Aniston’s home] a couple years ago — everybody — for the first time since we were finished,” she said. “We just laughed! It was really fun.”

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'Power' star Omari Hardwick says even with the online jabs, he can't forget that 50 Cent "changed my life"

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ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Omari Hardwick is opening up about his unique relationship with Power co-creator 50 Cent, who, Hardwick admits, sometimes takes jabs at him online.

In a recent interview with ABC Radio, Hardwick says even with his close relationship to 50, he’s still finds himself a target when the rapper decides to have a little fun on social media. However, when that occurs, Omari says he definitely holds his own.

“If you’re raised like Omari or 50, then you’re going to challenge each other,” Hardwick explains. “Obviously, he challenges people. And as you know, Omari ain’t afraid to go after people on Instagram either. So, sometimes I’ll reach out and I’ll say, ‘Five, why do you do that?’ And he gives me an explanation for why he did that. Which means that he respects me enough to give me an explanation, because he could really ignore. And he doesn’t.”

Omari explains that his and 50’s relationship is built on trust and the fact that they have both survived adversity in their lives, including losing close loved ones to violence and growing up in tough urban settings. Hardwick says that it’s those similarities that bring them together– in addition to 50 being the main catalyst behind his critically-acclaimed role as Ghost on the hit crime drama Power.

“You’re going to get a different level of respect for each other when, when each other sort of allows each other to be that thing,” Hardwick explains. “50’s fun man. At the end of the day, he’s a fun, super intelligent cat, who again — and I said — he changed my life.”

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You can say he's back…'John Wick 4' to debut May, 2021

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Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) — You can say he’s back — again. Just days after his third film in the series debuted as the number-one movie in America, it’s been confirmed that Keanu Reeves and his nearly unstoppable eponymous assassin John Wick will officially be back for a fourth film.

The news came via a text message to fans that referenced a catchphrase from John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum: “You have served. You will be of service. John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming – May 21, 2021”

That means the clock is ticking once again for Mr. Wick: He’ll be back in theaters in 1 year and 364 days from right now.

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