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Watch Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding hit it off in the holiday rom-com future classic, 'Last Christmas'

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Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Everyone has those holiday movies they watch on repeat during the holidays — we’re looking at you, Love, Actually, A Christmas Story and Die Hard — but the new trailer for a new film, Last Christmas, makes it seem as though it’s ready to take its place alongside those classics.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Crazy Rich Asians standout Henry Golding star in the romantic comedy, which was directed by Bridesmaids‘ Paul Feig and co-written by Love, Actually‘s Emma Thompson, who also appears as Clarke’s mom. 

The Emmy-nominated Clarke plays Kate, who works — hardly — as an elf in a seasonal Christmas shop in London run by Golding’s Crazy co-star Michelle Yeoh.

“I have nicknamed her Lazy the Elf, because she never works,” Yeoh’s character says.

By chance, Kate runs into Golding’s Tom — and runs into him again and again. He’s a soup kitchen volunteer who Kate jokes should have “saint” tattooed on his forehead, and to Kate, he’s too good to be true.

“Are elves always this cynical?” he asks. “Relentlessly,” she snarks. “These are dark times.”

Kate eventually shares that she had a brush with death that shook her up — just like Clarke, who in real life suffered near-fatal brain hemorrhages.

“I’m just scared all the time,” Kate confesses tearfully. “They just expect me to be normal and get on with life.”

“There’s no such thing as normal,” Tom says, cradling her head in his lap. “Just being a human being is hard.”

But as you’ve probably guessed, the magic of the season — together with a soundtrack populated by George Michael hits like “Last Christmas” and “Freedom” — help bring the unlikely pair together.

The movie opens November 8.

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Old Dominion breaks with tradition to appear on the cover of their self-titled, third album

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RCA Nashville Old Dominion is breaking new ground with their self-titled, third album — simply by appearing on its cover.

The artwork for OD’s 2015 debut, Meat & Candy, is reminiscent of a heavy metal cover, showing a hot girl dressed as a waitress, surrounded by, well, meat and candy. 2017’s Happy Endings features a traditional needlepoint sampler adorned with tiny pictures symbolizing each song.

But the cover of Old Dominion shows all five members of the band crowded onto a sofa in a classic American living room. The CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year sits underneath a familiar-looking picture of a sailboat; there’s even a United States flag in a vase on top of a wooden chest of drawers.

OD will reveal the full track listing for the album on Thursday via their newsletter. You can sign up for free online.

Fans can also look forward to a new song on Friday called “My Heart Is a Bar.”

OD’s full third album arrives October 25, featuring their latest hit, “One Man Band,” and their #1, “Make It Sweet.”

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"I'm Not Supposed to Love You Anymore": Carrie Underwood shows her undying devotion to Bryan White at the Opry

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Grand Ole Opry LLC/Chris HolloEven a superstar like Carrie Underwood is not above fan-girling a little bit, and that’s exactly what she did Tuesday night during her appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.

“This pic pretty much sums up my night at the Opry,” she shared on her socials, along with a photo of her smiling demurely as she stands behind Bryan White on the famed stage.

“This was my #FullCircleMoment!!” she added. “Growing up, I was a member of the Bryan White Fan Club and even sang to him in a meet and greet. Tonight, I sang WITH him in the circle!”

During Carrie’s set, the two turned Bryan’s top five hit from 1996, “I’m Not Supposed to Love You Anymore,” into a duet. Carrie also revealed that the song she sang to Bryan at that meet-and-greet was Mary Chapin Carpenter’s 1996 album cut, “I Want to Be Your Girlfriend.”

Carrie also performed her current top ten hit, “Southbound,” as well as “Something in the Water.” You can check out her Opry set via fan video posted on YouTube.

Last year, Bryan was the fellow Okie who inducted Carrie into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. At the time, she confessed that when she was growing up, she was “pretty sure I was gonna marry that guy.”

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Jeffrey Epstein accuser files lawsuit naming female associate as his enabler

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Marilyn Nieves/iStock(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Araoz, who claimed Jeffrey Epstein raped her when she was 15, filed a lawsuit naming Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell as his enabler, as well as three unnamed employees and Epstein’s estate.

“Jeffrey Epstein’s network of enablers stole from me. they robbed me of my youth, my identity, my innocence and my self-worth,” Araoz said in a press teleconference along with attorney Dan Kaiser. “For too long they escaped accountability.”

With this suit, Araoz is pursuing her wish for Epstein’s alleged co-conspirators to be investigated in the wake of the millionaire sex offender’s death by apparent suicide in jail.

“Epstein is gone, but justice must still be served,” Araoz, 32, said in a statement on Saturday as news of his death broke. “I hope the authorities will pursue and prosecute his accomplices and enablers, and ensure redress for his victims.”

The lawsuit was filed in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, and the three unnamed people who worked for Epstein were described in the court papers as the “recruiter,” the “secretary” and the “maid.”

ABC News reached out to Maxwell’s attorney for comment, but has not received a response.

The lawsuit comes after the Child Victims Act, a New York state law, went into effect at midnight Wednesday, allowing survivors of child sexual abuse from any time period to make civil claims, in spite of existing statutes of limitations, for a one-year period.

Maxwell has previously been named by another Epstein accuser as acting as an enabler and recruiter of young women and girls for Epstein. Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who alleges she was made a teen sex slave to Epstein and a victim of sex trafficking, alleged that she was directed by both Epstein and Maxwell to have sex with Epstein’s friends and associates.

Giuffre sued Maxwell for defamation in 2015 after Maxwell denied Giuffre’s claims in another lawsuit, but the case was settled prior to trial.

Maxwell has consistently denied Giuffre’s allegations about her. “Ghislaine Maxwell did not participate in, facilitate, manage or otherwise conspire to commit sex trafficking” as alleged by Giuffre, her attorney wrote in a 2016 court filing.

Before the Epstein case broke open, Maxwell was a British socialite long associated with Epstein. She is the daughter of the late Robert Maxwell, a British press titan who died in 1991 and was later revealed to have embezzled funds from his employees’ pensions and having mounting debt.

This lawsuit comes amid an increasing focus on Epstein’s alleged co-conspirators in the wake of his death. Earlier this week, two unnamed accusers requested the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida invalidate the non-prosecution agreement Epstein made in 2007 that shielded Epstein from further prosecution and protected his alleged co-conspirators.

It is unclear when a judge will hear arguments on the non-prosecution agreement.

“The case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Monday.

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Multi-state search for man suspected of killing stepmom, half brother: Police

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St. Johns County Sheriffs Office (NEW YORK) — U.S. Marshals are searching for an “armed and dangerous” 21-year-old man in connection with the deaths of his stepmother and half brother, authorities said.

Jack Elijah Turner, 21, who was most recently spotted in Florida, is a person of interest in the shooting deaths of his 49-year-old stepmother, Shannon Whitman, and his 10-year-old half brother, Darrin Whitman, who were found dead in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, said Crawford County District Attorney Francis Schultz.

Turner did not live with the victims, Schultz said. The district attorney did not discuss a possible motive.

“He should be approached with caution and we’re hoping that people continue to call the state police regarding his whereabouts,” Schultz told ABC News on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old is also being sought in relation to an armed robbery at an Ohio convenience store on Sunday, the St. Johns County, Florida, sheriff’s office said.

Turner lived in St. Augustine, Florida, before moving to Pennsylvania, and was seen three times in the St. Augustine area on Tuesday, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities said Wednesday morning that Turner is no longer believed to be in St. Johns County, but he does have local connections in the area and the sheriff’s office warned he may “double-back.”

Turner has dark brown hair and brown eyes. He stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 145 pounds, said the Greenville Police Department in Pennsylvania.

He is believed to be driving a victim’s 2009 silver Lincoln MKS sedan with Pennsylvania license plate KXW5126.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

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