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Magician Shin Lim is 'America's Got Talent' season 13 winner

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By Stephen Iervolino

NBC/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) — Closeup magician Shin Lim was crowned the winner of the 13th season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent during the star-studded live finale at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater Wednesday night. Judges Heidi Klum, Mel B, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel were on hand as host Tyra Banks announced the results.

Lim walked away with the $1 million grand prize and a headlining spot at the America’s Got Talent Live show at Paris Las Vegas from November 2-4. He’ll be joined by the other finalists.

Lim beat out acrobatic dance troupe Zurcaroh based on America’s votes.

Coming in third was violinist Brian King Joseph, followed by comedian Samuel J. Comroe in fourth place and country singer Michael Ketterer in fifth.

Other highlights:

Bebe Rexha performed a medley of her hits “I’m a Mess” and “Meant to Be,” joined on the latter by top 10 finalist Glennis Grace.

Opera singer Daniel Emmet, another top 10 finalist, dueted with the legendary Plácido Domingo.

Courtney Hadwin, the shy County Durham, England native who transforms into a powerhouse vocalist teamed up with the UK rock band Strut on their hit, “It Could Have Been Me,” before soloing on Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.”

Actor/comedian David Spade traded one-liners with comedian, and top 10 finalist, Vicki Barbolak.

Ketterer was shocked to get a video message from Garth Brooks, who wrote a song especially for him titled, “The Courage to Love,” and video chatted with Ketterer to offer words of encouragement.

KISS opened the show with their classic “Detroit Rock City,” and announced their upcoming End of the Road farewell Tour.

America’s Got Talent will return for its 14th season in 2019 on NBC.

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'Space Jam 2' brings on a starting lineup of LeBron James, Ryan Coogler and Terence Nance

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By Stephen Iervolino

Jim Spellman/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — More than twenty years since the original film’s release, Space Jam officially has a sequel with NBA star LeBron James as its lead.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, James will take the reigns from NBA legend Michael Jordan, who starred in the 1996 original that quickly became a box office hit.

The film has also added Random Acts of Flyness creator Terence Nance as the director and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler to produce. This will be Coogler’s first project since directing the Marvel blockbuster.

“I love his version [of Black Panther],” James told THR. “So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing.”

He continued, “The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie. It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”

As previously reported, a Space Jam sequel has been rumored for many years, with numerous NBA stars attached. But, with James signing an overall deal with Warner Bros., the new gig was almost inevitable.

Other NBA stars are expected to star with James in the film, although there is no word on whether or not Bill Murray will return for the sequel.

Production on Space Jam 2 is expected begin in summer of 2019, following the NBA season.

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'RHOA' star Porsha Williams reveals she is pregnant with first child

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By Stephen Iervolino

Photo by: Alex Martinez/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) — Congrats are officially in order to Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams.

In an interview with People magazine, Williams revealed she is expecting her first child with boyfriend Dennis McKinley.

“When I found out I was pregnant, I was excited [but] I had mixed feelings. The other feeling that I had beside excitement was fear,” Williams, who suffered a miscarriage six years ago, told the magazine.

She continues, “I’ve had a miscarriage before in my past, which I’ve also been open about because I suffer with fibroids and had to have a myomectomy. So just the fear of, ‘Is the baby going to be okay? Will I make it full term?’ All those questions that you ask if you’ve had a miscarriage before.”

Thankfully, at her first appointment, Williams got the word that her baby is going to be fine. According to the reality star, getting the OK from the doc allows her to “really wrap [her] mind around actually becoming a mommy.”

Porsha says her boyfriend is excited too.

“I believe he’s probably shed more tears during the process than me,” Williams says of McKinley, whom she has known for years but only began dating this past year. “It’s just the sweetest moment of my life right now.”

She continues, “The pregnancy came from the left, but it definitely has brought us closer together because you realize when it sets in that you are actually bringing a life to this world, that you have become family overnight. So now a lot of the things that we had talked about are a reality, and we work really hard at wanting to be a good couple and build a strong foundation for our new family that we’re going to have.”

This will be Williams and McKinney’s first child.

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'Downton Abbey' movie to hit theaters September 20, 2019

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By Stephen Iervolino

Courtesy of © Carnival Film and Television Limited for MASTERPIECE(LONDON) — The Downton Abbey movie has been given a September 20, 2019 release date, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The historical period drama about the lives of an aristocratic family and their domestic servants in the post-Edwardian era will star the original principal cast from the PBS TV series, including Elizabeth McGovern and Maggie Smith, as well as new cast members Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips and Stephen Campbell Moore.

Shooting on the big-screen bow of the acclaimed British show kicked off last week. The series, which aired initially on ITV in the UK, and subsequently on PBS in the U.S., earned 69 Emmy nominations, a record for a TV import, during its six-season run.

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Jane Fonda opens up about her mother's suicide and how it affected her

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HBO(LOS ANGELES) — Jane Fonda says her mother’s suicide, which happened when the actress was 12, is one of the defining moments of her life.

The 80-year-old star of Grace and Frankie opened up about her late mother in an interview with People to promote her new HBO documentary, Jane Fonda in Five Acts.

“If you have a parent who is not capable of showing up, not capable of reflecting you back through eyes of love, it has a big impact on your sense of self,” Fonda said.

“As a child, you always think it was your fault,” Fonda explained, “because the child can’t blame the adult, because they depend on the adult for survival. It takes a long time to get over the guilt.”

Fonda’s mother, Frances Ford Seymour, was a Canadian-born socialite when she married actor Henry Fonda. They later had Jane and her brother Peter Fonda.

Having been in and out of mental institutions, Fonda’s mother killed herself at age 42 while institutionalized.

After Fonda began writing her 2005 memoir My Life So Far, the actress said she discovered that her mother had bipolar disorder.

“When I wrote my memoir, I dedicated it to my mother because I knew that if I did… I would be forced to really try to figure her out,” Fonda told People.

Seeing her parents through the pain of their own lives, she said she was finally able to forgive them.

“It wasn’t that I wasn’t lovable. They had issues,” she said. “And the minute you know that you can feel tremendous empathy for them. And you can forgive.”

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