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Matt Damon and the 'Contagion' cast reunite "virtually" for COVID PSA

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Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Life has unfortunately imitated art for cast of the 2011 film Contagion, which has seen an uptick in streaming since the real-life COVID-19 coronavirus began spreading.

That’s why scientists from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health tapped the stars of the film —  Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, and Kate Winslet — to dispense some real-life advice on how to fight the disease.

“In the movie, I played a guy who was immune to the hypothetical virus that was spreading around the world,” Damon says.  “That was a movie. This is real life.”

“I have no reason to believe I’m immune to COVID-19 and neither do you, no matter how young you are,” he adds. “This is a new virus. It’s gonna take some time for our bodies and our doctors to understand it and understand new ways to protect us.”

Damon was joined by fellow Oscar-winner Kate Winslet, who played an epidemiologist in the film.

“To prepare for the role, I spent time with some of the best public health professionals in the world,” she says.  “And what was one of the most important things they taught me? Wash your hands like your life depends on it because right now, in particular, it just might.”

Touting the importance of social distancing, Damon also said, “We can all do this together just by staying apart. Please do your part.”

Similarly, Fishburne talked about the danger of the traditional handshake, noting it was based on showing someone you weren’t carrying a weapon.

“Now we may be carrying one, and not even know it,” he intoned.

Dr. Ian Lipkin, the director of Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity — who was a consultant on the film — revealed this week that he had tested positive for COVID-19.



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Killing time? 'Killing Eve' launching Season 3 two weeks early

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AMC Studios/BBC America(LOS ANGELES) — While most shows have been delayed by the COVID-19 situation, AMC and BBC America have just given you some new binging to look forward to: they’re launching Season 3 of their Emmy winning Killing Eve 2 weeks ahead of schedule. 

Season 3 kicks off Sunday, April 12 at 9 p.m. Eastern on both AMC and BBC America. 

The announcement also came with a new trailer for the brand new season. 

“We know how adored this series is and we know how keen people are for great content right now,” noted Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios in a statement.

“This season of Killing Eve digs deep psychologically, and with actors like Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, and Fiona Shaw, the results are nothing short of astonishing.” 

Barnett added. “We literally couldn’t wait for fans to see it.”

The trailer hints that a death threat is putting Oh’s spy Eve and Comer’s assassin Villanelle on a collision course yet again — once Villanelle learns that her ex Eve is still alive, that is.

And since you’ve got time, if you’ve never seen the first and second seasons, now’s the perfect time to catch up.

Killing Eve season two is available now on BBCAmerica.comAMC.com, and the BBC America and AMC apps. The first two seasons are also available on Hulu, digital download and Blu-ray/DVD.

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Aries Spears explains why "nothing's off limit in comedy": "Laughter is pain and pain is laughter"

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Courtesy of Aries Spears(NEW YORK) — Like other comedians around the world, Aries Spears is doing his best to make people laugh even during these trying times.

That’s why it’s not surprising that the MADtv alum and master impersonator, who recently posted some hilarious impersonations on his Instagram, told ABC Audio that when it comes to comedy, “Nothing’s off limits.” 

“No, but timing is everything in comedy,” Spears clarifies. “If it’s some tragic that just happened, you might want to hold up. But at some point, time heals.”

“So, you’ve got to move forward,” he continues. “And, you know, that’s why the whole thing about laughter is pain and pain is laughter: The two go together.”

Spears’ thoughts on the importance of laughter definitely ring true for today. Since the news broke of the COVID-19 pandemic, the comedian-actor has been consistently posting funny videos and impersonations to help fans get through the difficult time.

“You know, no matter what goes on in your life, you’ve got to at some point figure out how to laugh at it to move on,” he says. “Or, to take the sting off of it. So, yeah, no, nothing’s off limits.”

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'Jimmy Kimmel', 'Desus & Mero' returning with all new shows — from home

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Some more late night talk shows are getting back on their feet, but like millions of Americans, under COVID-19 quarantine, they’re working from home.

ABC announced on Thursday that Jimmy Kimmel’s ABC late night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! will return to TV with new episodes, taped at his house, on Monday and throughout next week.  Jimmy’s guests will include, Samuel L Jackson, Jennifer Aniston, Jeff Tweedy, Grouplove and more.  Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 ET on ABC…

Also, Showtime announced on Thursday that the late-night series Desus & Mero, will return to air with all-new episodes taped at the hosts’ own homes, starting on Monday at 11 p.m. ET.  The show will continue to air new episodes on Monday and Thursday nights.  The show, features the duo — Desus Nice, a.k.a. Daniel Baker, and The Kid Mero, a.k.a. Joel Martinez — chatting with guests about pop culture, sports, music, politics and more

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Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz applaud health care workers — literally — amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage(LONDON) — Daniel Craig and his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, think health care workers deserve a round of applause, so they took to social media on Thursday to do just that and want others to join them.

In a video clip posted to the James Bond Twitter account, the couple, joined by his No Time to Die co-stars — Ben Whishaw, Naomi Harris and Rory Kinnear, are seen clapping, along with a message that reads, “Thank you to everyone, everywhere, who is working to keep us safe.”

The message is followed by the hashtags, “#ClapForOurCarers #ClapForCarers #ClapForNHS.”

No Time To Die’s release date was postponed until November 25 due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The royal family also joined in on the applause.  Kate Middleton and Prince William shared a cute video on Thursday of their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis, joyfully clapping on the couple’s social media accounts.

The video was captioned, “To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you,” the video was captioned.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry also contributed to the #ClapForOurCarers movement, posting a message to their Instagram Stories that read, “Thank you for all that you continue to do! Applauding you from across the pond,” followed by 19 clapping hands emojis.

The royal family also posted a video of applause from Windsor Castle, where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are currently staying.

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