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Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Mark Wahlberg is giving back to schools. 

The actor's wellness company Performance Inspired has partnered with Accelerate360's lifestyle brand LifeToGo to donate 1.3 million disposable masks to schools across the country.

"As you know this has been a year of change and stress for everybody but today I want to thank our essential workers. You guys have kept us healthy, safe and supplied us with all the necessities. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart," Wahlberg shares in a video announcing the donation. 

Cities that have received mask donations include Chicago, Portland, Oregon, Boise, Idaho and Quincy in Wahlberg's native state of Massachusetts.  Other recipients include San Antonio, Texas, Grand Rapids, Michigan and Rochester, New York.

"We appreciate everything you do to educate our youth," Accelerate Chief Business Officer Trey Holder says in regards to educators. "Please stay safe and healthy."

By Cillea Houghton
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©2020 Fox Media LLC. (LOS ANGELES) -- Liv Tyler has departed 9-1-1: Lone Star due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. 

The 43-year-old actress, who starred as EMS Captain Michelle Blake for one season, will not return for season two of Fox series, according to Deadline

Tyler currently resides in London with her partner and two of her children. The uncertainty of the fall transmission rates for COVID-19, in addition to having to travel from London to Los Angeles, were reportedly part of the reasons why she will not be a part of the new season.

Tyler's role will not be recast or killed off, with producers having an open door policy for her to return, should she choose to do so. 

“What a thrill it was having a movie star of Liv Tyler’s stature to help us launch the first season of 9-1-1: Lone Star. We loved working with Liv and will be forever indebted to her for her haunting, powerful portrayal of Michelle Blake," 9-1-1 co-creator Tim Minear says in a statement.  "While we were able to tell a complete chapter in Michelle’s story, as with Connie Britton on our mothership, we also feel like there are more stories to be told. The door here will always be open for a return."

9-1-1: Lone Star stars Rob Lowe in the lead role of Owen Strand, a New York firefighter who moves to Austin, Texas, working to save lives while navigating his own personal problems.  

Production on season two is expected to start next month.

By Cillea Houghton
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Walt Disney Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Here we go again: yet more major films have been delayed due to COVID-19.

Variety reports the release of Black Widow, West Side Story and Death on the Nile are being pushed to 2021. 

The Scarlett Johansson-fronted Black Widow was slated to open November 6, but will now debut next spring on May 7, while Steven Spielberg's remake of the Broadway classic musical West Side Story will premiere on December 10, nearly one year after its originally scheduled December 18, 2020 date. 

The Kenneth Branagh-helmed Death on the Nile will still premiere this year, with a new release date of December 18.

Additionally, Deep Water starring Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, will premiere next summer on August 13. 

Black Widow's new release date is causing delays in other Marvel projects as well.  Eternals, starring Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani, is moving from February 12, 2021 to November 5, while Shang Chai and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been postponed for two months, from May 7 to a July 9, 2021 release.

By Cillea Houghton
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Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Hallmark Channel and its parent company, Crown Media Family Network, are delivering on their promise to diversify their holiday movies.

Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennett will star in The Christmas House, which is about a gay couple looking to adopt their first child, according to Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming for Crown Media Family Network.

Bennett's co-stars include One Tree Hill actor Robert Buckley, Ana Ayora of In the Dark, veteran actor Treat Williams, NYPD Blue star Sharon Lawrence and actor Brad Harder. The Christmas House premieres on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Amid criticism that none of the previously-announced holiday films featured an LGBTQ lead, a Hallmark Channel spokesperson told ABC's Good Morning America in July that the company was "committed to creating a Hallmark experience where everyone feels welcome" and would be announcing "LGBTQ storylines, characters and actors" in the future.

Last month, Lifetime beat Hallmark to the punch and announced it would be debuting its first-ever Christmas movie featuring an LGBTQ romance.

By Tony Morrison and Lesley Messer
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Eike Schroter/Netflix © 2020(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix is about to get real spooky. 

The streaming giant released the official trailer today for its new thriller, The Haunting of Bly Manor, the follow-up to the popular 2018 series The Haunting of Hill House. 

Creator Mike Flannagan gives Henry James' 1898 horror story The Turn of the Screw a modern update in Bly Manor, which follows young au pair Dani Clayton, played by Victoria Pedretti, as she cares for two children at a lavish English countryside estate. But not long after her arrival, strange events begin to occur.  

In the clip, viewers head inside the eerie world of the Bly mansion where objects mysteriously move on their own and strange figures appear out of nowhere. 

"It may sound strange, but I'm having somebody else's dream," character Hannah Grose, played by T'Nia Miller, suspects, followed by clips of ghostly figures emerging from the water and appearing behind Dani in the mirror. 

"The people here, they're born here, they die here," Bly chef Owen, portrayed by Rahul Kohli, says ominously.

The trailer ends as Dani washes the dishes at the sink and frightening figure places a black-gloved hand on her hip.  

Bly Manor sees the return of several former The Haunting of Hill House cast members, including Pedretti and Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Peter Quint. They portrayed Nelly and Luke Crain, respectively, in Hill House. 

Henry Thomas, who played The Haunting of Hill House family patriarch Hugh Crain, and Kate Siegel, who played Theodora, will also appear in the new series.

The Haunting of Bly Manor premieres on Netflix October 9.

By Cillea Houghton
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Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- It's official. Teddi Mellencamp will not return to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for Season 11. 

The now former housewife and daughter of rocker John Mellencamp confirmed the news in an Instagram video shared on Tuesday with the caption, "You heard it here last... Yes, it’s true, I am not coming back to #RHOBH."

"Thank you to @bravotv, @evolutionusa, @bravoandy and all of the amazing women for the support (and the shade) for the past three years. Back to the shadows I go," she wrote.

In the video clip, which is just over a minute-long, Mellencamp appeared fresh-faced, rocking athleisure wear with her six-month-old daughter Dove nearby.

"I recently found out that my contract as a housewife is not being renewed," she said.

"Of course, when I got the news I was sad. It feels like a breakup almost because you develop such strong relationships with the cast, with the crew, and you get to do incredible things that you'd probably never get to experience without the show," she continued. 

The mother of three added that despite the bad news, she's "really looking forward to the future" and being able to focus on her family, friends, and All In -- her accountability coach business. 

The 39-year-old reality star did not divulge any reason for why she was axed from the series but a source previously told the Daily Mail, "She is boring and stale and does not offer anything to the franchise with her robotic and staged delivery when interacting with the other cast members.

"The issue is, the other cast members don't particularly like her and beyond Kyle [Richards] no one is friends with her," they added.

Mellencamp appeared on RHOBH for three seasons (8,9 and 10).

By Danielle Long
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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Move over Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton, Reese Witherspoon has submitted fool-proof evidence that she invented the selfie after posting an adorable snap she took over two decades ago.

Not only that, Paul Rudd even joined her for the 24-year-old shot and it appears The Morning Show star is having a hard time processing the discovery.

"Wait a second...," she remarked on Tuesday. "Did #PaulRudd and I take the 'Selfie' in 1996?"

By all means, the picture is most definitely a selfie by current standards, but what's really impressive is that the candid shot was taken without using a front facing screen since they weren't in use yet, so the then-20-year-old actress had no idea how the photo would turn out until after she had it developed.

However, the buzziest thing about the 24-year-old selfie is that Reese nor Rudd have aged a day since starring in Overnight Delivery together.

While Witherspoon has graduated from red lip gloss and blue eye shadow, she still looks very much the same as she did in 1996.

Same goes for the 51-year-old Ant Man star, who joked about being a "certified young person" just last week.

Besides shocking fans, several of the Legally Blonde star's famous friends weighed in on the snap, with actress Selma Blair laughing in the comments, "'I'm in love with this relic fit for the smithsonian" while Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot hailed Reese for being a "trendsetter."

Interesting enough, Witherspoon has presented strong evidence that she "invented" the selfie, blowing a hole in Hilton's claim that she snapped the first one back in 2006. 

However, while the Oscar winner chose not to mention Hilton nor Kardashian, Oprah Magazine was more than happy to declare Witherspoon the de facto "inventor of the selfie."

By Megan Stone
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ViacomCBS(LOS ANGELES) -- It was a historic fire season on the west coast, with blazes decimating countless properties as they consumed millions of acres across California and Oregon.

For one fire chief, she watched in horror as her entire town went up in flames.  Christiana Rainbow Plews, 50, says the Holiday Farm Fire destroyed everything, including her home.  

Actress Drew Barrymore heard of Plews' plight and invited her to speak about the devastation on The Drew Barrymore Show on Tuesday. 

"Blue River is gone," confirmed Plews, who was chatting from her hotel room. "Not only all the homes, but all the businesses, including our fire station."  

"The community is completely devastated," she noted, adding that eight of her volunteer firefighters lost everything in the Holiday Farm Fire.

With her community in shambles, Plews has taken it upon herself to be the voice of strength, comfort and reason. "Somebody has to lead and somebody has to help get the healing and the rebuilding process started," she furthered.

"I am the chief and I am in the position to impact that, so I just have to be strong," continued Plews. "I just have to do it for everyone else and hopefully we can all find our way."

Barrymore was blown away by Plews' character and, after hearing how the chief continues to help her community despite losing everything, the Charlie's Angels actress wanted to do something for her.

The talk show host revealed that she rallied her friends and sponsors to donate to Plews -- handing the shocked chief a $10,000 check.

"I know it's not enough," offered Barrymore as Plews broke into tears, "But it's just a little start to say you are an inspiration."

"I have learned a lot from you," she gushed, "Thank you for being an example to us all."

By Megan Stone
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Jason Kempin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kerry Washington is opening up about how she has conversations about race and injustice in her home. 

The 43-year-old actress, who is a mother to 6-year-old Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha and Caleb Kelechi Asomugha -- who is almost two, appeared on Tuesday's episode of Ellen and revealed that when it comes to having difficult conversations with kids, "every kid is so different."

"In parenting there is never a 'this works for every kid,'" she said. "Such a big part of it is knowing who your kid is and as you're having the conversation, like watching and listening for the cues to be present for this stuff."

The Little Fires Everywhere star noted that taking care of herself and staying informed is a key part of having productive conversations as well. 

"In a lot of ways, I have to make sure that I am taking care of myself as I'm having these conversations and, just on a daily basis, doing what I need to do to stay calm and to stay present and stay informed. So that I can really be there for them as the world unfolds around them," she explained. 

The Scandal alum added, "A lot of us remember the moment in our own childhoods when we were first confronted with negative views about race with racism, with institutionalized racism... I want my kids to know that I am fully present as they're exploring those ideas, too."

"I wear the Breonna Taylor T-Shirt, you know, 'Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.' So if I'm going to wear that, which I do proudly, I'd be ready to have that conversation in my house and answer those questions," Washington continued.

By Danielle Long
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Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Jussie Smollett has filed another motion to dismiss the charges against him, arguing the grand jury testimony that led to his second indictment is invalid, according to documents obtained by the New York Post on Tuesday.

The motion, filed by Smollett's legal team, contends the actor’s second indictment was based on “illegal and incompetent evidence” gathered from Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo during the initial investigation into Smollett, which was tossed out by a U.S. District judge.

The Osundairo brothers, who met Smollett on the set of Empire, have long maintained that he paid them to stage a hate crime against him because he was unhappy with his salary.

Following the initial dropping of felony charges against Smollett in March of last year, Chicago Judge Michael Toomin ruled the case was invalid from February 13, 2019 — the day Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself from the case.

The motion states The OSP [Office of the Special Prosecutor] "cannot convene a special grand jury based on Judge Toomin’s Order but then rely on the transcripts from those ‘void’ proceedings to secure a new indictment.”

It further contends there is "no legitimate reason" why the Osundairo brothers, who live in Chicago, were available and have been cooperating with the investigation "were not called to provide live testimony to the special grand jury."

"The only conceivable reason for not producing them,” write Smollett’s attorneys, "is because it did not want to risk having the brothers make additional contradictory statements prior to trial," and "didn't want to allow the jurors their...right to question the Osundairo brothers about the incident.”

The attorneys call the omissions “substantial and prejudicial” and asked the court to drop the charges on the grounds Smollett wasn’t granted his due process rights as required by the Fifth Amendment.

By George Costantino
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Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- The upcoming sixth season of The CW's Supergirl will also be its last, star Melissa Benoist confirmed on Tuesday.

“To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement," the 31-year-old actress shared on Instagram, alongside a behind-the-scenes photo.  "Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless.”

Benoist went on to explain that playing the classic DC comic book character "taught me strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united.”

”What she stands for pushes all of us to be better. She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful.”

Benoist closed by promising fans of the show, "one helluva final season."

Supergirl, which follows the adventures of Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El, debuted in October 2015 on CBS, where it aired for one season before moving to The CW.  It became the third Arrowverse show to premiere on the network in 2016, following Arrow and The Flash.

Production on the show's final season is set to begin at the end of September in Vancouver, according to Entertainment Tonight, which adds that writers and producers are currently developing an exit plan for the series.

By George Costantino
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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- With the first elimination of the season setting the tone for Tuesday's Dancing with the Stars, the pressure -- and emotions -- were running high. 

Unfortunately, NBA star Charles Oakley's DWTS journey came to an end despite dramatically improving his technique over last week's performance.  Sending him home wasn't an easy decision for the judges as they hemmed and hawed over choosing between sparing him or Carole Baskin -- the other contestant the audience sent to the bottom two.  The decision ended with a tiebreaker as judge Derek Hough opted to give the Tiger King star another chance.

Meanwhile, One Day at a Time actress Justina Machado cemented her place in the lead by hanging tight to first place with a commanding foxtrot to Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston's "When You Believe."  Her breezy and romantic routine earned her high marks from judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Hough -- topping the scoreboard with an impressive 42/60.

However, former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe proved that she’s the act to beat this season, not only because she demonstrated her impressive dancing background -- but because she didn't allow an injured ankle to derail her dreams of holding the Mirrorball Trophy.  Injury aside, Bristowe poured her heart into a gorgeous foxtrot to Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance," which resulted in her sharing first place honors with Machado with a top score of 42 out of 60.

As for the most emotional moment of the night, you can thank AJ McLean for making sure there wasn't a dry eye on the ballroom when he professed his undying love to wife of nearly a decade, Rochelle.  "She's the most compassionate, caring, understanding woman. An amazing wife and an amazing mom. She's my superhero," the Backstreet Boy gushed, tugging on heartstrings everywhere.

Another emotional moment happened when Baskin opened up about how her life was turned upside down since the premiere of Tiger King.  The Big Cat Rescue owner broke down in tears when discussing how her mental health has suffered due to the constant negative attention.

"I actually had to contact my family and say be prepared," Baskin admitted to host Tyra Banks about breaking down on camera. "Because I try not to ever cry in front of them, ever. To break down in front of everybody, it's -- it's really out of character for me."

Dancing with the Stars will celebrate the wonderful world of Disney when it returns next Monday, September 28, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

Here are the current standings:

Tied for first:
Kaitlyn Bristowe, former star of The Bachelorette, with Artem Chigvintsev -- 22/30 (Combined score: 42/60)
Justina Machado, One Day at a Time star, with Sasha Farber -- 21/30 (Combined score: 42/60)

Nev Schulman, host of Catfish, with Jenna Johnson -- 21/30 (Combined score: 41/60)
Jesse Metcalfe, actor, with Sharna Burgess -- 18/30 (Combined score: 38/60)
AJ McLean, member of Backstreet Boys, with Cheryl Burke -- 19/30 (Combined score: 37/60)
Johnny Weir, Olympic figure skater, with Britt Stewart -- 18/30 (Combined score: 36/60)
Anne Heche, TV and film actress, with Keo Motsepe -- 18/30 (Combined score: 36/60)
Jeannie Mai, host of The Real, with Brandon Armstrong  -- 18/30 (Combined score: 36/40)
Skai Jackson, Disney Channel star, with Alan Bersten -- 15/30 (Combined score: 36/60)
Monica Aldama, head coach on Netflix's CHEER, with Val Chmerkovskiy -- 16/30 (Combined score: 35/60)
Vernon Davis, Super Bowl champion, with Peta Murgatroyd -- 18/30 (Combined score: 35/40)
Nelly, Grammy Award-winning rapper, with Daniella Karagach -- 18/30 (Combined score: 34/40)
Chrishell Stause, Netflix's Selling Sunset star, with Gleb Savchenko -- 18/30(Combined score: 30/60)

Lowest score:
Carole Baskin, Big Cat Rescue owner and star of Tiger King, with Pasha Pashkov -- 16/30 (Combined score: 27/60)

By Megan Stone
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Starz(LOS ANGELES) -- Starz announced on Tuesday that Power Book II: Ghost has officially been renewed for a second season. 

After its successful Sept 6. debut, Ghost became the most-watched new series in Starz history, scoring 7.5 million global views, according to the channel. 

Power Book II: Ghost marks the first spinoff series in the expanded Power universe franchise from the show's executive producers, Courtney A. Kemp and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, and produced through Starz' international platform, Starzplay. Two more spinoffs will follow soon. 

"Back in 2012, 50, Mark, and I were warned that a premium series with leads of color would never work for a global audience," Kemp said in a statement announcing the show's renewal. "But we've proven everyone wrong -- and thanks to Starzplay, we have fans in the UK, France, Mexico, Brazil and beyond, all plugging into the Power Universe."

50 added, "When I had the idea to create the Power Universe I knew there were going to be many levels to its success. I am glad the fans agree. I am looking forward to releasing Raising Kanan and Force soon."

Ghost follows Tariq St. Patrick, played by Michael Rainey Jr., as he grapples with a new world: the death of his father, with his mother, Tasha, played by Naturi Naughton, "facing charges for his murder -- even though Tariq pulled the trigger." 

Power Book II: Ghost, also starring Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige and platinum-selling artist Method Man, premieres Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Starz. 

By Rachel George
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Focus Features/Magnolia Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- As a tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away Friday at age 87, Focus Features and Magnolia Pictures jointly announced Tuesday that they will re-release the biopic On the Basis of Sex and the documentary RBG, respectively

Both 2018 films about the late justice will return to select theaters this Friday, in addition to their current availability on VOD and streaming platforms.  Both film companies also will donate the net proceeds from the films’ theatrical re-release to the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation in support of their Women’s Rights Project, which Ginsburg co-founded in 1972.

Focus Features' On the Basis of Sex stars Felicity Jones as Ginsburg and Armie Hammer as her husband, Martin D. Ginsburg. It follows Ruth Bader Ginsburg early in her career as she fights against gender discrimination.  The Emmy-winning documentary RBG, from Magnolia Pictures, chronicles Ginsburg’s rise to the Supreme Court and her unexpected status as a pop culture icon.

“Justice Ginsburg spent her life upholding fairness, the law, and the rights of all Americans. These films highlight only a small portion of her legacy to screen, but her vast impact on our country goes far beyond them,” Focus Features and Magnolia Pictures say in a joint statement.  “We hope that moviegoers are re-inspired by her passion, her courage and take that back into the world.”

The film companies -- along with Participant, a partner on both the films -- are also launching a social media campaign in tribute to Ginsburg, where fans are asked to share posts about RBG using the hashtag #ThankYouRuth.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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HBO Max / Eddy Chen(LOS ANGELES) -- The cast of The West Wing is reuniting next month for an HBO Max special to raise awareness for the nonpartisan organization When We All Vote.

Announced Tuesday, on National Voter Registration Day, A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will premiere on October 15, just two weeks before the election.

The special will feature the original cast coming together with creator Aaron Sorkin and executive producer/director Thomas Schlamme for a special theatrical stage presentation of the “Hartsfield’s Landing” episode from the political drama's third season.  The episode in part involves the primary day vote in the fictitious town of Hartsfield’s Landing, New Hampshire, the first town in the nation to open their polls.

Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen will all reprise their roles. It marks the first time in 17 years that the original cast of the Emmy-winning series will reunite.

The special will also include act breaks with messages from When We All Vote co-chair Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Lin-Manuel Miranda. There will be musical performances from composer W.G. Snuffy Walden, who will play The West Wing's familiar theme song, and The Avett Brothers, who will close out the show.

The West Wing ran for seven seasons on NBC and won 27 Emmys.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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