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Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin team up for 'The Kominsky Method'

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By ABC News Radio

Mike Yarish/Netflix(NEW YORK) — Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin play an acting teacher having trouble finding acting gigs and his agent, respectively, in the new Netflix comedy The Kominsky Method, from The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre, debuting Friday.

Douglas tells ABC Radio that the veteran actors have great chemistry, despite the fact that they’d “never been in the same room” together before.

“I never even seen any of his movies, says Douglas. “I haven’t either,” adds Arkin. “I said yeah, he’s the guy that did [the 2017 dirt bike drama] Champion. I’d like to work with him.”

The Kominsky Method marks Douglas’ first regular TV role since the 1970s cop drama, The Streets of San Francisco, but he thinks this one’s a completely different animal.

“It’s streaming, there’s no commercials,” he explains. “I mean what separated TV or always made it seem secondary to doing movies was you had commercials every three or four minutes. This, first of all, you can be 25 minutes long, 35 minutes long, any subject matter, any language you want to say and there’s no commercials. So it’s like a mini movie.”

While many older actors find it harder to get work, Arkin — who celebrated his 84th birthday back in March — is busier than ever.

“It’s hard to believe, if anybody told me this was happening I’d say you were lying. I’m getting more offers now than I’ve gotten in years and years,” he says.

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Simone Missick tackles Islamophobia in her new drama, 'Jinn'

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Monica Schipper/WireImage(NEW YORK) — With her new coming-of-age drama Jinn, Luke Cage alum Simone Missick is taking on a different type of role.

In the film, Missick plays Jade Jennings, a popular meteorologist and new convert to Islam, who’s conflicted when her teenage daughter questions her beliefs. Missick tells ABC Radio that she felt a strong duty to the role, which is inspired by the life of director Nijla [Nih-JAH-la] Mu’min [Moo-MEEN].

“I felt a responsibility to portray this woman and her story honestly,” Missick tells ABC Radio. “And Nijla and I did have a chance to talk extensively before we started filming because this was partly her story, and because she was sharing something that was so intimate. And so she gave me a lot of background information on how she created this character and what it was that she was trying to get to come across on screen.”

While the film mostly revolves around Jade’s daughter Summer and her struggle to come to grips with her mother’s new religion, Missick says the film also serves an important purpose: to help debunk myths about Islam.

“The fact is, we are living in a climate of Islamophobia, especially in our country, she says. “And to label an entire religion that is practiced by millions and millions of people all over the world as one that comes out of hatred is just false and it’s wrong.”

She continues, “It’s something that continues to divide us in this country and globally more and more every day. And so Nijla really wanted to share with people the beauty, and the love, and the community that she grew up in.”

Jinn, also starring Simone’s husband Dorian Missick and Zoe Renee, is now in theaters and arrives on VOD and Digital HD November 16.

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'The Bachelor's' Arie Luyendyk Jr. & Lauren Burnham expecting their first child

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By ABC News Radio

Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former The Bachelor stars Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his fiancée, Lauren Burnham, have announced they’re expecting. Burnham is due in June.

Luyendyk posted a photo on Instagram to announce the couple’s happy news.

“Nothing compares, absolutely nothing compares to the moment you find out you’re going to be a dad!” he wrote alongside a photo of the couple. “We cried, we laughed and it really was such a special moment for us, we’re so freakin’ happy!”

Burnham posted an image on her account as well, with the caption, “Our greatest adventure begins June 2019!”

Burnham told Us Weekly about when the couple found out.

“I kind of had a feeling that I might be pregnant. So my friend insisted on bringing a pregnancy test over,” Burnham told the magazine. She said she wanted Luyendyk to read the test results.

“Arie came out with the test in his hand and tears in his eyes. He was like, ‘You’re pregnant!'” she recalled.

The couple, who currently live together in Phoenix, Arizona, are set to wed in January.

Luyendyk famously dumped his former fiancée and subsequent The Bachelorette star Becca Kufrin on television in an episode that aired in March 2018.

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Paz de la Huerta files new sexual assault claim against Harvey Weinstein

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By Stephen Iervolino

John Lamparski/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Boardwalk Empire alum Paz de la Huerta has slapped Harvey Weinstein with a new sexual assault lawsuit, according to Deadline.

In a copy of the suit obtained by the entertainment website, the 34-year-old actress alleges the disgraced movie mogul exposed himself in a “taunting manner” while greeting her at the door of his Four Seasons Hotel room in Beverly Hills in 2011.

The documents go on to claim that another undressed woman was in the room, and that Weinstein invited her “to participate in a three party sexual encounter.”

The alleged incident took place a year after a couple of earlier encounters in which de la Huerta has previously claimed she was raped by Weinstein in New York City. The suit alleges she was there to Weinstein to, “stop stalking and harassing her and quickly left the vicinity of Weinstein’s room feeling embarrassed, scared, shocked and humiliated. She added that that Weinstein appeared angered by her rejection and denunciation.”

She explains her appearance in the doorway of Weinstein’s Four Seasons hotel room as an attempt to warn him to, “stop the harassing phone calls, which he had that day resumed, and any further uninvited visits to her building.”

Weinstein’s lawyer, Ben Brafman, denied the claims on Tuesday, according to Deadline, saying, “It is our understanding that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office carefully reviewed Ms. De la Huerta’s claims of sexual assault by Mr. Weinstein many months ago and made a conscious decision to reject her as a complainant for obvious reasons.”

Adds Brafman: “We also believe that her newly minted version of events including her new California claims are equally preposterous and unfortunately, the product of an unstable personality with a vivid imagination.”

De la Huerta’s lawsuit come on the heels of another accusation of sexual misconduct earlier this month, alleging Weinstein assaulted a 16-year-old model: claims Brafman, called “preposterous” in a statement to ABC News.

Last month, Weinstein scored an apparent legal victory, when the Manhattan District Attorney’s office dropped one of the charges against him involving Lucia Evans, the actress who accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex in 2004.

Ever since allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein came to light late last year, he has continued to deny any claims of non-consensual sex.

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Hugh Jackman says he never questioned abandoning longtime friends Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

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By ABC News Radio

L-R: Deborra-Lee Furness, Hugh Jackman and Ivanka Trump in 2010; Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Hugh Jackman defended his longtime friendship with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner on The View Tuesday.

The couple, whom Jackman said he’s known for 15 years, made headlines when they recently attended the actor’s 50th birthday party.

“They’ve always been so kind and generous,” said Jackman, recalling Ivanka’s “kindness” when she wrote his late mother-in-law, Fay Duncan, a handwritten letter when she won the Order of Australia medal for her charity work.

“People question, ‘Really?’ And I’m kinda like, ‘OK, let’s say your friends of 15 years’ father became president. Whether you agree with the politics or not, do you just dump your friends?” Jackman said. “I’m like, ‘no, no you don’t.’ I don’t understand that.”

Jackman stars in the film The Front Runner, based on the story of Senator Gary Hart, who withdrew from the presidential race in 1988 in the wake of a rumored affair that made media headlines in ways such stories seldom had before in America. Jason Reitman, who wrote and directed the film, said the story parallels today’s political environment.

“We’re all trying to figure out how the hell we got here and I can’t help but look at the story and see the kind of seeds, the threads that you pull on to get us here,” Reitman said.

“It’s so hard to have that conversation in 2018,” Reitman added. “The volume is at a 12 — you go onto Twitter, you say one wrong thing… you’re gonna get your head ripped off!”

“What’s nice about a story from 1987 is that we can kinda bring the volume down a little and actually have a conversation about gender politics, about the line between a public and a private life, the relationship between politicians and journalists,” Reitman said. “All these things we’re trying to talk about.”

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