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The Lone Ranger: Armie Hammer and wife of 10 years Elizabeth Chambers split

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Emma McIntyre/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — “Thirteen years as best friends, soulmates, partners and then parents.” That’s how Armie Hammer and his wife of 10 years, Elizabeth Chambers Hammer announced on Instagram that they’re breaking up.

“It has been an incredible journey, but together, we’ve decided to turn the page and move on from our marriage,” the post continues, captioning a throwback picture of the pair. “As we enter into this next chapter, our children and relationship as co-parents and dear friends will remain our priority.”

The pair have two children: five-year-old daughter Harper Grace and 3-year-old son Ford Douglas Armand. The family had been staying in the Cayman Islands, after a planned vacation turned into an extended stay because of the COVID-19 travel restrictions.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Brenda Song dives into new adventures in season two of Disney Channel's 'Amphibia'

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Disneyland Resort/Joshua Sudock(NEW YORK) — The second season of Disney Channel’s animated series Amphibia debuts Saturday, July 11. It stars Brenda Song as Anne Boonchuy, a 13-year-old Thai-American girl who gets thrown into the magical world filled with amphibians.

Song, who’s half-Thai herself, tells ABC Audio she appreciates seeing her culture represented on screen and educating kids about it as well. She admits she was pretty similar to Anne when she was a teen.

“She’s a hot mess — and so was I,” Song says. “…She’s goofy, she’s clumsy, she sort of just like trips and falls into these crazy adventures, but also trips and falls her way out of them as well.”

While Song is no stranger to the Disney family — she starred in the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody as well as various Disney Channel movies — talking on an animated character was new for her.

“I feel really, really creative on this show, being able to do things that I probably wouldn’t get to do ever in real life, like fighting huge monsters and like swimming in swamps and crazy things like that,” she says. “So it’s actually been really fun. And a wonderful exercise for me as an actor to just, like, push myself out of being comfortable.”  

Season two will feature guest voice appearances by Kermit the Frog, black-ish star Jenifer Lewis, Star Trek‘s George Takei, Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery, and more.

Amphibia airs on Disney Channel and Disney NOW Saturday at 8:20 p.m. ET/PT. It’s already been picked up for season three.

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By Andrea Tuccillo
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After quarantining in Oprah's guest residence, Winfrey welcomes bestie Gayle King to a "COVID-free house"

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Michele Crowe/©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) — Oprah has been riding out the COVID-19 pandemic like millions of us, at home, though most of us don’t have a home like Winfrey’s palatial Santa Barbara, California estate. 

That being said, Winfrey’s bestie, Gayle King, had spent the last 14 days with some of her CBS This Morning crew at Winfrey’s guest house — but in a video tweet, her guest house-arrest was revealed to be over, and she was welcomed into a “COVID-free house” by her longtime friend. 

“We are here to welcome our guests, who tested negative!” Oprah says, as King and company approach to applause. King warmly embraces Oprah, and even hugs it out with Winfrey’s longtime partner, Stedman Graham, who did his time in guest house quarantine, too, in April, before he was allowed to re-join Oprah. 

By Stephen Iervolino
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"The car is innocent": 'Dukes of Hazzard' stars sound off on General Lee's Confederate flag

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Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — NASCAR recently banned the Confederate flag from its raceways, and angry protestors have defaced and toppled statues commemorating Confederate, and in some cases Union, figures from the Civil War. 

Another big target to many is one of the most famous uses of the Confederate flag: the one painted atop that blaze orange ’69 Dodge Charger, the General Lee, in The Dukes of Hazzard

The Hollywood Reporter asked the classic series’ stars John Schneider, Tom Wopat and Ben “Cooter” Jones, and the show’s creator, Gy Waldron, about the serious controversy surrounding the arguably silly show.

“I have never had an African American come up to me and have any problem with it whatsoever,” says Bo Duke’s alter-ego, John Schneider. He added, “the whole politically correct generation has gotten way out of hand.” 

But Wopat, who played Luke Duke, allowed, “The situation in the country has obviously changed in the last 40 years. I feel fortunate to be living in a time when we can address some of the injustices of the past.”

However, he adds, “the car is innocent.”

Ben Jones, who played Cooter the mechanic, and later became a Democratic Georgia congressman, agreed. “This was a family show. Black families watched it for generations.”

Jones added digitally removing the General Lee’s flag in future airings of the show “would be like taking the ‘S’ off of Superman’s chest.”

Incidentally, Jones runs a chain of Dukes-themed stores called Cooter’s Place.

Lenoxburg, Kentucky native Waldron, now 87, says he “wholeheartedly support the Black Lives Matter movement and its quest to address racism around the world,” but acknowledges, “I had relatives fight on both sides of the Civil War and…No one even connected the Confederate flag with slavery. It was simply a part of our Southern culture.”

By Stephen Iervolino
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Gina Prince-Bythewood talks "pressure" of being the first Black female director to helm a major comic book film

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Araya Diaz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With her upcoming Netflix feature The Old Guard, Gina Prince-Bythewood is making her mark in Hollywood as the first Black female director to helm a major comic book film. 

Even with that accomplishment under her belt, Bythewood tells ABC Audio that there’s still something not quite satisfying in becoming the “first.”

“I hate that in 2020 we’re still having firsts,” she says. “And that in Hollywood I know that I’ve been wanting to be in this space for a very long time. I know that there are others that have wanted to be in this space.”

Thanking Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins for “[opening] the door” for other female directors, Bythewood says there’s still more work to be done when it comes to leveling the playing field. And in doing that work, Bythewood says, there’s going to be a “ton of pressure.”

“Because you can’t mess it up,” she explains. “You can’t. Because that hurts others coming after you. I’ve been absolutely intentional and once I get to that door — just put my body in front of it so others can come through.”

“It’s so important for the few of us that have gotten this opportunity to work,” Bythewood continues. “So, it’s not quite something to celebrate. I’m glad I broke the ceiling. And my hope absolutely is more will get the opportunity.”

And just in case anyone asks how Bythewood landed her coveted gig as director, the filmmaker says her talent has always shined through.

“The beautiful thing is that it was my work with Love and Basketball and Beyond the Lights and what I did with those characters,” she says. “They wanted that aesthetic into The Old Guard. So it felt like a perfect storm.”

The Old Guard is now available for streaming on Netflix.

By Candice Williams
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