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The "Amazing" Rest: Reality show host Phil Keoghan talks life after being grounded by COVID-19

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Michael Yarish/CBS 2020 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(NEW YORK) — Arguably the most well-traveled TV personality on the planet, The Amazing Race‘s host, Phil Keoghan has been grounded. 

Production on The Amazing Race was suspended back in February due to the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, so like millions of people the world over, the multiple-Emmy winner is staying home.

Keoghan explained to ABC Audio that while it’s strange not to have his usual globe-trotting work commute, not hustling in and out of airports from Maine to Marrakesh has its advantages. 

“This is the longest that I’ve been in one place my entire career,” he says.  “So I’ve had more sleep than I’ve ever had, which I’m really treasuring. I realize now, you know, what all the fuss is about with sleep. It’s amazing.”

Other perks from his Amazing Race schedule? Working out every day, and spending downtime with family.

“Just connecting with people I’m close with on a different level,” Keoghan says. “I’ve spent a lot more time with my wife and producing partner and a lot more time with my daughter.”

Though he does admit, “I am missing getting out into the world, I have to be honest.”

Keoghan says of the pandemic, “I do hope this ends soon. But I’m trying to do my part by staying inside and wearing a mask. Please, people. Can you wear a mask? That would be really helpful. Just saying.”  

Keoghan may be working from home, but he’s hard at work preparing for next week’s launch of the reality show Tough As Nails. The series salutes everyday heroes, from fishermen to firefighters, by having them compete in a series of real-world physical, mental and skills challenges. It launches with a two-hour premiere July 8 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Chris Pratt confirms he's back at work on 'Jurassic World: Dominion'

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Rich Fury/Universal Studios Hollywood(LONDON) — Chris Pratt is back in London filming Jurassic World: Dominion.

Pratt confirmed the news while video-chatting with Terry, a winner of the 41-year-old actor’s All In Challenge, which included the one-on-one chat and a role in Dominion, in where he’ll be “destroyed in the jaws of an animated dinosaur.”

“It’s been an honor to be part of the #AllInChallenge which has raised over $59 MILLION to help feed the hungry during this global crisis! Congrats Terry!! The world can’t wait to see you get eaten by a dinosaur!” Pratt captioned the video, posted to his official Twitter page.

The All In Challenge was organized by Michael Rubin, the founder of Fanatics and co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, and gives fans a chance to both win and bid on one-of-a-kind experiences and items.

Meanwhile, Universal Studios, which is producing Dominion, is following strict safety protocols, including testing the entire cast and crew before returning to set, with regular testing to take place for the duration of filming, according to Deadline.

The movie’s main cast, including Pratt and co-star Bryce Dallas Howard, reportedly carried out a two-week quarantine upon arriving in England from the U.S., per new government regulations, and do the same before traveling back to the States as well.

Jurassic World: Dominion is slated to open June 11, 2021.

By George Costantino
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Aaron Sorkin's star-studded "Chicago 7" will premiere on Netflix due to COVID

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Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Another day, another cinematic casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, originally slated for a theatrical release, has landed at Netflix, according to Deadline

West Wing creator Sorkin wrote and directed the film, which chronicles a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic Convention that turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard.  Seven people — including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale — were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot, leading to a trial that would grip the nation. 

The cast includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alex Sharp, Mark Rylance, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella and John Carroll Lynch.

By George Costantino
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Tom Hanks calls out people who won't wear a mask, "My Lord, it’s common sense"

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) — (NOTE LANGUAGE) — Tom Hanks is calling out people who aren’t doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

According to People, while promoting his upcoming Apple TV+ movie Greyhound, the 63-year-old actor explained, “There’s really only three things we can do in order to get to tomorrow: Wear a mask, social distance, wash our hands.” 

“Those things are so simple, so easy, if anybody cannot find it in themselves to practice those three very basic things – I just think shame on you,” he added. “Don’t be a p***y, get on with it, do your part. It’s very basic… My Lord, it’s common sense.”

Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, were two of the first celebrities to announce that they tested positive for the coronavirus back in March. Now, months later and fully recovered from the illness, the Forrest Gump alum gave an update on how they are doing. 

“… we are fine,” he affirmed. “We had about 10 days of very uncomfortable symptoms. Not life-threatening, we’re happy to say.”

“I guess we were model recoverers from COVID-19, but we were also isolated so that we would not give it to anybody else that we came in contact with,” he continued. “And since then have been doing the same isolating, social distancing that is being asked of the world so, we are fine.”

By Danielle Long
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Lionsgate confirms it will not pull 'Mad Men' episode containing blackface

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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — As television series revisit problematic content and remove instances of material deemed racist, Lionsgate has announced that it will not delete an episode of Mad Men that contains blackface.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the season three episode “My Old Kentucky Home” will remain available for viewing in its entirety because of the historical context behind it. 

Instead of editing out the scene where John Slattery’s Roger Sterling smears black shoe polish on his face in an attempt to score romantic points with Peyton List’s Jane at a country club Derby party, the episode will contain a disclaimer.

“This episode contains disturbing images related to race in America,” the intro card will read. “One of the characters is shown in blackface as part of an episode that shows how commonplace racism was in America in 1963.”

Lionsgate issued a statement regarding its decision, saying, “In its reliance on historical authenticity, the series producers are committed to exposing the injustices and inequities within our society that continue to this day so we can examine even the most painful parts of our history in order to reflect on who we are today and who we want to become. We are therefore presenting the original episode in its entirety.”

Other series have opted to edit out scenes or remove episodes containing blackface, such as The Golden Girls, Scrubs, Community and others.

As previously reported, Mad Men has left Netflix and will now be shown on Amazon-owned IMDb TV starting July 15. The series will then move to the AMC in the fall.

Mad Men aired its final episode in 2015 after a seven season run.  The series collected 16 Emmys, four of which were consecutive best drama series wins.

By Megan Stone
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