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Kevin Hart revisits his tough year: "I had some bumps in the road"

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Kevin Hart is looking forward to 2018. After a roller coaster of a year that included a cheating scandal and the birth of his son, Kenzo, Hart explains that he’s focused on being a better man next year.

In an interview with Extra, Mario Lopez’s daughter Gia asked the comedian what he would like Santa to bring him for the holiday and if he’s been naughty or nice.

“That’s definitely a tough question for Kevin Hart right now,” Hart said, leaning down towards the young girl as she holds the mic. “It was a tough year for me. I had some bumps in the road but the good thing is you take steps backwards to take steps great forwards.”

Kevin added, “I recovered from some not-nice times, now, what I basically want is for Santa to know now, I’m doing good and I’m doing better — I’m a good guy.”

As previously reported, Hart became the target of an alleged sex extortion scandal in September.

The actor went on Instagram to apologize to his wife and kids for an unspecified indiscretion. His management released a statement to ABC News the next day, saying Hart was a victim of extortion, but declined to provide details, citing an ongoing investigation.

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SNL "Weekend Update" anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che named co-head writers

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(NEW YORK) — Saturday Night Live‘s “Weekend Update” anchors, Colin Jost and Michael Che, have been tapped as head writers, the show announced on Tuesday.

Jost and Che — who took over the “Weekend Update” desk in 2014 — join current head writers Kent Sublette and Bryan Tucker, who replaced Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider. Kelly and Schneider left the Saturday night staple for their own Comedy Central series, The Other Two.

Jost, a four-time Writers Guild of America Award-winner and Peabody Award recipient, started out as a writer on the sketch comedy show in 2005. He previously served as SNL head writer — taking over for Seth Meyers in 2012 — but stepped down in 2015 to focus his attention on “Weekend Update.”

Che, who appeared on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show before joining SNL in 2013, made Variety‘s 10 Comics to Watch list and Rolling Stone‘s 50 Funniest People the same year. His addition makes him the first person of color to be a head writer on SNL.

Also on Tuesday, SNL named Sudi Green and Fran Gillespie as writing supervisors.

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Marvel's "The Punisher" gets reloaded for second season

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By Stephen Iervolino

NetflixThe Punisher is locked and re-loaded: the Marvel Netflix show about the vigilante superhero has been renewed for a second season.

The streaming service made the announcement on the show’s Facebook page on Tuesday with a graphic of a skull — the hero’s logo — and the legend: “He’s just getting started. The Punisher will return for Season 2.”

The shoot-em-up series stars Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle — a Special Forces Marine who takes brutal revenge on the men who murdered his family, and just about every other criminal he comes across.

The character first appeared on the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man in 1974, but the fan favorite soon spawned his own books. Bernthal debuted his bruising portrayal of Castle in Season 2 of Daredevil on Netflix.

A season-two premiere date has yet to be announced.

For his part, Bernthal is ready. He tweeted: “Semper Fi. Let’s. Do. This.”

Marvel, like ABC, is owned by Disney.

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International Space Station astronauts will get to watch "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

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Disney(LOW EARTH ORBIT) — Well, that’s one way to beat the long movie lines. In our galaxy — but still relatively far, far away — astronauts aboard the International Space Station will join fans on Earth and watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

“[I] can confirm the crew will be able to watch it on orbit,” NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot told ABC Radio, though he doesn’t have a “definitive timeline” as to when it will take place. “They typically get movies as digital files and can play them back on a laptop or a standard projector that is currently aboard,” he explains of the astronauts.

The station actually has hundreds of movies in its onboard library, including sci-fi hits like Gravity and TV’s Firefly, and others, which the explorers can watch during down time. It’s not known how the astronauts are getting their hands on the latest Star Wars film, but the website Inverse speculates it could be sent inside a SpaceX dragon resupply capsule that is scheduled to blast off Friday — which, incidentally, is also the release date for The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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"Three Billboards," "Big Little Lies," Netflix shine in this year's SAG award nominations

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Photo by Merrick Morton. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) — Big Little Lies and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri lead the pack of nominees for the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, announced Wednesday morning at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.

Three Billboards is the most-nominated film, with four nods. On the TV side, HBO’s Big Little Lies and Netflix’s wrestling comedy GLOW and its sci-fi hit Stranger Things earned the most nominations, each with four.

Netflix earned 19 nominations total, followed by HBO with 12, leaving broadcast TV in the dust: their closest competitor, NBC, earned three nominations.

The 54th Annual SAG Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Morgan Freeman.

Hosted by Kristen Bell, the SAG Awards ceremony will be simulcast live on Sunday, January 21, 2018, on
TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Here are the nominees in major categories:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
Mudbound
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Timothee Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson,Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Television
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Black-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Glow Orange Is the New Black
Veep

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Jeff Daniels, Godless
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette & Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette & Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Claire Foy, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Laura Linney, Ozark

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace
William H. Macy, Shameless
Marc Maron, GLOW

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Alison Brie, GLOW
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

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