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"Veep" Emmy winner Tony Hale says Julia Louis-Dreyfus "doing great" post cancer treatment; shooting to resume soon

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By Stephen Iervolino

HBO/Justin M. Lubin(NEW YORK) — While promoting the return of his beloved show Arrested Development, the fifth season of which hits Netflix next week, ABC Radio asked Tony Hale about his other show, HBO’s Veep, and the awaited return of his fellow Emmy-winning star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Last September, Louis-Dreyfus revealed she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer and would be undergoing treatment. She’s bouncing back, Hale says.

“Julia’s doing great. She’s getting stronger and stronger, so we’ll … be ready [to start shooting] by the end of the summer,” the actor shared. “You know, she’s amazing,” he added. “She’s amazing.”

In a post to fans earlier this year, the actress noted she’d finished chemotherapy and surgery to fight the disease.

“Hoorah! Great doctors, great results, feeling happy and ready to rock after surgery,” she captioned the shot. “Hey cancer, ‘F*** you!'”

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Karrueche Tran dishes on how she met her new beau, former NFL player Victor Cruz

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By Stephen Iervolino

Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Karrueche Tran is focused on living her best life.

With the recent release of her headlining feature in the Zoe Saldana-produced comedy The Honor List, and her upcoming return as Virginia on season two of Claws, Tran has transformed herself from Internet personality to full-fledged actress.

With a seemingly bright future ahead of her, Tran has also gained a new relationship — with her now boyfriend, former NFL player Victor Cruz — which she is excited to talk about.

“I mean we’ve known each other for a while, but he was in a relationship before — which I totally respected,” Tran tells ABC Radio, dishing on how the two first met. “And that up until recently, you know, he was single and I was like, ‘Are you sure, you’re single…? I had to, you know, confirm all that.”

The two, who were first spotted in December 2017 simply holding hands while walking in L.A., have upgraded their public displays of affection to now kissing and hanging out on vacation together.

According to Tran, their relationship has been both “real” and authentic.

“And then so we just started like hanging out, and getting to know each other,” she says. “And it’s just very, like, genuine and real. We have a good time together, we have fun. And that’s all that matters.”

The Honor List, which also stars Meghan Rienks, Sasha Pieterse and Arden Cho, is now available on digital, Blu-ray, DVD and on demand. Tran’s comedy Claws returns Sunday, June 10 at 9 p.m. on TNT.

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Famed chef Mario Batali investigated for sexual assault by NYPD

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) — Beleaguered chef Mario Batali is being investigated by the New York Police Department for sexual assault allegations raised in a 60 Minutes report that aired Sunday.

The NYPD told ABC News that a second allegation was brought to the NYPD late last year and dates to 2004. It was brought to the department’s attention soon after the #MeToo movement was born out of the Harvey Weinstein matter. That case remains open. The allegation is similar to the incident on 60 Minutes in that this second case involves an unconscious woman.

We’re told she alleges that she was at his restaurant Babbo in January 2004, lost consciousness and found Batali on top of her when she awoke.

The 60 Minutes report featured an unidentified former employee of Batali’s, who spoke out about the 57-year-old chef and former TV star, saying he drugged and assaulted her at a popular New York City restaurant more than a decade ago.

“I remember a moment where I was on his lap, kissing him. Like, he was kissing me,” she said on the program. “And then I remember throwing up in a toilet. And that is all. I woke up by myself on the floor. The first thing I think is I’ve been drugged….I’ve been assaulted,” she said.

The woman added that she spoke to police after the alleged incident but did not file a report.

A request for comment from Batali’s rep wasn’t immediately returned to ABC News, but the chef “vehemently” denied the assault to 60 Minutes.

Last December, four women came forward and told the website Eater that Batali had sexually harassed them.

“I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt,” Batali said in part at the time. “That behavior was wrong, and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.”

After the Eater piece, Batali was asked to leave ABC’s The Chew and he offered to step away from the day-to-day operations of his restaurant group, the Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group.

A rep told 60 Minutes that it finds the allegations “deeply disturbing” and that “our partnership with Mr. Batali is ending…”

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"SNL" ends season with star-studded finale and a "Sopranos"-themed cold open

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By Stephen Iervolino

Photo by: Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) — On its season finale, Saturday Night Live celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Robert Mueller investigation with a parody of the final scene of The Sopranos — complete with a diner and, yes, even Journey.

The show opened with Alec Baldwin’s Trump playing the role of Tony Soprano in a diner waiting on his “family” to show up for dinner. But instead of Carmela, A.J. and Meadow showing up, it was Rudy Giuliani, Michael Cohen and Donald Trump Jr.

As usual, Giuliani was played by Kate McKinnon, Michael Cohen was Ben Stiller and Mikey Day played the role of Trump Jr.

“So Rudy did you go on Fox News last night?” Trump asked.

“Twenty times,” he responded over Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” “I said you colluded with Russia, but then I ended with, ‘So what?'”

Host Tina Fey followed up the star-studded cold open with a monologue, joking that A-list celebrities were stealing time from the series’ cast.

Of course, she then proceeded to take questions from the audience, comprised of Jerry Seinfeld, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Rock, De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Fred Armisen, Donald Glover — who hosted two weeks ago and said he left his hat — and Tracy Morgan. Not to mention superstar Nicki Minaj was the musical guest.

Later in the show, Fey made a return to her iconic impression of Sarah Palin to highlight all the people the Trump administration has scorned.

“Take it from me. Politics is a wild ride. One minute you’re on top and then you’re gone in the blink of a Scaramucci,” she jokes in Palin’s signature accent, closing the season with one of the show’s signature political jokes.

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"Deadpool 2" dethrones "Avengers: Infinity War" at the box office with $125 million weekend

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20th Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) — Deadpool 2 ended Avengers: Infinity War‘s three-week reign at the box office, nabbing an estimated $125 million in its opening weekend. However, it failed to deliver the record opening for an R-rated film, as many predicted, falling short of the $132.4 million debut of the original Deadpool.

The film, starring Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin, did manage to set a record for 20th Century Fox, posting the studio’s best overseas debut with an estimated $176.3 million, topping the $174 million for 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. In total, Deadpool 2‘s worldwide take stands at $301.3 million.

Dropping to second place is Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, with an estimated $28.7 million, bringing its totals stateside to over $595 million and making it the eighth largest domestic release of all-time.
It also tacked on an estimated $84 million overseas, and it now ranks as the third largest worldwide release with roughly $1.81 billion. Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC.

Book Club — starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen — bows in third place with an estimated $12.5 million, ahead of Life of the Party, which drops from second to fourth place with an estimated $7.7 million.

Rounding out the top five is Breaking In, collecting an estimated $6.47 million in its second week of release.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

  1. Deadpool 2, $125 million
    2. Avengers: Infinity War, $28.7 million
    3. Book Club, $12.5 million
    4. Life of the Party, $7.7 million
    5. Breaking In, $6.47 million
    6. Show Dogs, $6 million
    7. Overboard, $4.7 million
    8. A Quiet Place, $4 million
    9. Rampage, $1.5 million
    10. I Feel Pretty, $1.28 million

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