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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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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.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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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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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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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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Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Writer-director Matt Reeves is in the early production days of his big-screen The Batman, but he's already inked a deal for a small-screen spin-off. 

Reeves, along with Sopranos veteran and Boardwalk Empire creator Terrence Winter, have just announced they're developing an HBO Max show centering on Gotham City's cops.  Set in the same universe as The Batman, the series and the movie will share Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon.

It's not yet known if Robert Pattinson, the man who will wear the Dark Knight's cowl for The Batman, will cross over as well.

In a statement, Reeves says, "This is an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a long-form format can afford. And getting to work with the incredibly talented Terence Winter, who has written so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream."

Incidentally, Fox ran its own Batman companion show, Gotham, from 2014 to 2019. That series, which also centered on the cops in the superhero's neighborhood, was something of a prequel, following a young Bruce Wayne in the years before he ultimately became the Dark Knight, and young Detective Jim Gordon as he moved up the ranks of the GCPD.

Though production's stalled during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Batman is still slated for an October 1, 2021 theatrical release. No word yet on the HBO Max project's debut date.

By Stephen Iervolino
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RLJE Films(LOS ANGELES) -- Director David Ayer returns to the L.A. gangster culture he brought to life with End of Watch in the trailer for his latest film, The Tax Collector

No, it's not about accounting. In the movie, Shia LaBeouf plays the titular character -- a ruthless enforcer who makes sure that nobody is skimming from various gangs' ill-gotten gains. If the count is short, "go rob a bank, rob your own mother," one character warns.  Just don't short the collector.

However, things go sideways when Narco's star Bobby Soto's character ends up short, and basically every gangster in L.A. wants a piece of him -- so much so that they kidnap his kids. That's when he and the Collector team up to set things right.

The Tax Collector, which also stars comic George Lopez playing against type as a criminal kingpin, comes to streaming August 7.

By Stephen Iervolino
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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Tom Hanks has a reason to make a big splash for his 64th birthday and he did just that, jumping into a pool to celebrate. 

The star, who along with his wife Rita Wilson recovered from COVID-19 earlier this year, also worked in a plug for his new WWII movie, Greyhound, in the slow-motion Instagram post

"This Greyhound is 64!! Hanx," he captioned the video. Greyhound is the name of his thriller, which debuts today on Apple TV .

For her part, Wilson posted to Insta, "Happy Birthday, @tomhanks We love you so much. You are our anchor. Every day with you is a blessing," she wrote. She added a clever Beatles nod to her husband's age with, "Give me your answer, fill in a form / Mine for evermore / Will you still need me, will you still feed me / When I'm sixty-four' YES!"

Hanks turned 64 Thursday.

By Stephen Iervolino
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ABC/Eric McCandless - ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) Florence Pugh is opening up about her relationship with Zach Braff, more specifically, how comments on their 21-year age difference once affected her. 

"I've always found it funny, how I can be good enough for people to watch my work, and support my work, and pay for tickets, and I'm old enough to be an adult and pay taxes, but I'm not old enough to know who I should and should not have sex with," the 24-year-old English actress said while a guest on the "Sue Perkins: An hour or so with" podcast released on Wednesday. 

"Once again, [it's] making a young woman feel like s*** for no reason," she continued. "I think I did feel s*** for awhile about admitting that, and then I thought, 'How ridiculous is that?'"

The Little Women star added, "I'm 24 and I can't choose who I love... There's a reason why I'm not with someone my age -- it hasn't worked. So who are you trying to match me up with?"

Pugh also shared that she finds it baffling that people feel entitled to give an opinion over what she does in private.

"People want to have a say on who you go out with, where you go to lunch. And I think for me, I've just always found that part of this life -- even when I grew up watching actresses -- I've always found that weird how people have a say over your private life," she shared. "The fact is I'm not a reality TV star, I don't let people into my life like that. Since when has it been OK for people to shout at someone for their relationship? It's crazy to me."

Pugh and Braff, who is 45-years-old, have been linked romantically since April 2019. 

By Danielle Long
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Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- What was supposed to be a prank turned into a phone call to the NYPD by Rudy Giuliani after Sacha Baren Cohen tired to pull one over on him.

The incident went down on Tuesday when the former New York mayor and current attorney to President Donald Trump, was lured to the posh Mark Hotel under the impression he was there for an interview about the administration's response to COVID-19.

After arriving in a room professionally outfitted with lights and cameras, a few questions were lodged at the 76-year-old before being abruptly interrupted.

Giuliani told Page Six, "This guy comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit. It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had the beard, bare legs, and wasn’t what I would call distractingly attractive."

"This person comes in yelling and screaming, and I thought this must be a scam or a shake-down, so I reported it to the police," he explained. "He then ran away."

According to the publication, witnesses claimed to see Cohen bolt out the hotel in a bathrobe. He was not apprehended by police. 

It wasn't until "later" that Giuliani realized it was the Borat star. 

"I thought about all the people he previously fooled and I felt good about myself because he didn’t get me," he said. 

Recently, the provocateur was chased off stage at a militia rally in Olympia, Washington when Cohen took the mic in costume and attempted to get the crowd to join him in singing a racist song. Organizers booted him off stage and he reportedly fled the scene in a waiting vehicle.

By Danielle Long and Stephen Iervolino
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Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Jesse Tyler Ferguson is now a father.

The Modern Family actor and his husband, Justin Mikita, welcomed their first child, Beckett Mercer Ferguson-Mikita, on Tuesday.

"Jesse and Justin welcomed their little bundle of joy Beckett Mercer Ferguson-Mikita on July 7, 2020," a representative for Ferguson told People magazine.  "The new parents are overjoyed and excited for this new journey as a family of three."

Ferguson, who played Mitchell Pritchett during Modern Family's 11 seasons, announced the news that himself and Mikita were expecting their first child during an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden in January 2020.

Ferguson and Mikita, who have been married since 2013, have not shared any photos of their son yet.

By Hayley FitzPatrick
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Amy Sussman/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Glee cast is dealing with another profound heartbreak as officials scour Lake Piru in California, where actress Naya Rivera was last seen on Wednesday.  Her four-year-old son Josey Dorsey was found drifting alone in a boat Rivera had rented earlier that day.

Authorities believe the 33-year-old has drowned and confirmed on Thursday that their rescue effort is now a recovery.

Heather Morris, who played Rivera's on-screen girlfriend in the musical comedy, issued a statement regarding the actress' disappearance and expressed hope that her friend is still alive.

"It's so hard to wrap your head around something unknown. I’m holding on to hope that the rescuers will bring Naya home in a swift and speedy recovery," Said Morris. "I know she would remind me in moments like this that God has a plan for everything and although we may not know that that plan is, we need to keep our chin up and stay strong."

Other Glee co-stars have also reacted to the tragedy:

Demi Lovato: "I don’t tweet often but sometimes my tweets come true so, together let’s manifest on twitter that Naya will be found safe and sound!!. Come on y’all! Let’s put this energy out there: they will find her healthy and alive!!"

Chord Overstreet: "love and hug on the people you can, while you can. I love you. Everyone please send out your prayers."

Harry Shum Jr: "Praying"

Lauren Potter (Becky): "Naya we just talked on my birthday I love you."

Vanessa Lengies (Sugar Motta): "I love her. I love you. Holding you tight."

Dot Marie Jones (Coach Bieste): "THIS CANT BE!!! ????PLEASE KEEP PRAYING! #nayarivera I LOVE YOU GIRL"

Iqbal Theba (Principal Figgins): "Oh God... mercy... please..."

Damian McGinty (Rory): "Sick to my stomach. Please pray."

 

Other celebrities who co-starred alongside Rivera on separate projects have also expressed their disbelief and grief:

Jackée Harry: "We starred alongside one another in her first very television series, The Royal Family, and I’ve watched her career blossom ever since," said Harry. "Please God, don’t cut this life short." 

Leah Remini: "Just heartbreaking. Had the pleasure of working with Naya and although the job wasn’t the most pleasurable, she made it so. She made me laugh on days I didn’t want to laugh, she reminded me to be appreciative of the work and the fun we were having just sitting around with each other. Praying for her, her little boy, her family..."

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office said during a press briefing on Thursday that the incident "just seems like a tragic accident."  No foul play is suspected at this time.

By Meghan Stone
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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Another show is getting back to work, with newly designed safety rules to keep its cast and crew safe from COVID-19.

Deadline reports that Card Sharks, the ABC show reboot that Joel McHale hosts, has gotten back underway after the industry-wide shutdown; its producers, Freemantle Media is taking safety seriously. 

The show, which shoots at CBS Studios Radford in Studio City, California started shooting again today without an audience, the trade notes.

Part of ABC's Summer Fun & Games line-up, Card Sharks follows the first reality TV show to continue following the lockdowns: NBC's America's Got Talent began shooting last week using a unique, movie screen-style set up that encouraged social distancing.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF--Paula Lobo/ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- While Hollywood productions were on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Zendaya and John David Washington managed to secretly film their new feature Malcolm & Marie.

According to Deadline, production on the film took place between June 17 and July 2 at the Caterpillar House, an environmentally conscious ranch in California. All filming was reportedly done with various acting and directing guilds' guidelines and COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

Deadline reports that the film, which has already finished production, came about after Zendaya reached out to Euphoria creator Sam Levinson to see if he could write and direct the film during the shutdown. In less than a week, Levinson and his wife Ashley, who is also his production partner, agreed to the project, had the initial plan down and signed up to help finance the film.

Although the film's storyline is currently being kept under wraps, Deadline reports that the feature has "some echoes of Netflix’s Marriage Story, while resonating a number of social themes that the world is experiencing right now."

Zendaya shared a first look at the project on Instagram, posting a steamy image which showed her leaning over to kiss Washington.

"Malcolm & Marie," she captioned the photo.

There is no word yet on when this film will be released.

By Candice Williams
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Hulu(NEW YORK) -- The time loop premise of Hulu’s summer comedy Palm Springs feels timelier than ever as the world deals with the monotony of repeating days in quarantine.

Camila Mendes and Meredith Hagner, who play best friends Tala and Misty, say they can see the similarities between being stuck in a Groundhog Day-like situation to being stuck in COVID-19 lockdown.

“I think something about reliving the same day definitely brings up a lot of existential questions,” Mendes tells ABC Audio. “It makes you kind of think about the meaning of life and your purpose in life and blah, blah, blah. And I think that's the closest thing to quarantine, I think that's the biggest similarity is the constant reflection and kind of like search for meaning.”

“Our characters didn't know they were in a time loop which was really fun to play, and yet all of us in quarantine are very aware of what's happening,” Hagner adds. “So as a viewer now, I really can't wait to watch the movie again because it's so timely at this moment. I think that a lot of us will be able to relate to this movie very specifically.”

Palm Springs, starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, debuts on Hulu Friday. It’ll also screen in select drive-in theater locations across the country today as part of the Tribeca Drive-In series, so you can see it on a big screen while social distancing.

“I think it suits the movie really well,” Mendes says. “I mean, it feels like a perfect movie to watch in a drive-in theater so I'm really excited to see how people react to it.”

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