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Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images(CONNECTICUT) -- Chris Hansen, host of the reality TV series To Catch a Predator, is off the hook for allegedly writing bad checks, according to the Stamford Advocate.

Hansen, 59, was arrested last week after he was accused of failing to pay a a Connecticut business owner $13,000 worth of promotional trinkets he ordered in 2017 after the check he used to pay for the items bounced. Hansen allegedly promised to pay off the debt in installments, but never followed through.

The charges were dropped on Wednesday when Hansen's lawyer, Philip Russell, proved to the judge that the former TV personality paid off the debt in full after his arrest, according to the Connecticut newspaper.

Russell reportedly called Hansen's failure to pay the bill in a timely fashion an “oversight.”

Hansen hosted NBC's Dateline hidden camera series To Catch a Predator between 2007 and 2008. He also hosted the spinoffs To Catch an I.D. Thief and To Catch a Con Man.

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Sayeed Adyani/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Bird Box star Sandra Bullock is looking to continue her winning streak with Netflix, by producing and possibly starring in an adaptation of the comic Reborn for the streaming service.

The Hollywood Reporter
notes that LEGO Batman director Chris McKay is calling the shots on the project, based on Marvel writer Mark Millar and Greg Capullo's book of the same name.

Reborn centers on an elderly woman who is resurrected in her prime, in a fantasy world of dragons and monsters.

While her family joins her on the adventure, her husband is missing, and finding him becomes the heroine-to-be's quest.

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Michael Priest Photography(NEW YORK) -- D’Arcy Carden is in a good place...pun intended.

The actress has been all over your TV screens as of late, with her most recognizable role being Siri-in-human-form Janet, on NBC’s hit afterlife comedy The Good Place.

Carden had a breakout season on the show, which airs its third season finale Thursday night. And the actress promises that, much like seasons past, this finale will blow fans' minds.

"I think that's a great tease...like, if history proves anything, [creator] Mike Schur and those writers love a twist," she told ABC Radio ahead of her talk at the 92nd Street Y in New York City last Friday. "…We really sort of thrive on the mysteriousness and the unpredictability of this show."

And fans thrive on Carden’s ability to make even Janet’s most emotionless lines hilarious -- not to mention her knack for imitating her co-stars perfectly, as she showed in the stand-out episode "Janet(s)." Her performance drew comparisons to Tatiana Maslany’s multi-character portrayal in Orphan Black.

"I'm such a fan of hers...let's keep talking about how we should do something together so that maybe we can," Carden said.

In addition to The Good Place, which was renewed for a fourth season, Carden also appears on HBO's Barry and Comedy Central's Broad City, which returns for its final season Thursday night as well. She plays fitness instructor Gemma on the series, created by her longtime pals Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer.

"The final season is incredible," Carden said. "All the crazy characters come back, if [only] for a second. I would do anything for these girls. I've known them for 10 years and truly, if they say, 'Jump,' I say, ‘How high?'"

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ABC(NEW YORK) -- Anne Hathaway has an Oscar and a slew of movies under her belt, but she never faced a scene partner like Matthew McConaughey. Specifically, she tells Good Morning America that she's never faced a face like his.

Although she says her fellow Academy Award-winner is "like a brother to her," she admits McConaughey is so good-looking that she once forgot her lines while filming their new thriller Serenity.

"I'm looking at him, nobody is talking, and I go, 'Oh, it's my line. Why did I forget my line? Because you're handsome!'" Hathaway said on GMA, laughing. "I was just staring at him and I forgot my line because he looked like a fragrance model, which -- then of course it occurred to me -- he is."

McConaughey has appeared in ads for Dolce & Gabbana's fragrances.

In Serenity, Hathaway plays the ex-wife of McConaughey, a fishing boat captain.  She asks him to save her and their young son from her new, violent husband by taking the husband out to sea and literally throwing him to the sharks.

"I don't really get offered things like this, to play a part like this," she said.

 On GMA, Hathaway praised McConaughey for his true character and off-screen authenticity.

"I hope you all appreciate this -- it's all real," she told the audience.

"It's not like he's doing a 'Matthew McConaughey voice' or telling a Matthew McConaughey story," she continued. "That's actually who he is, and to see someone be able to live his life with that much integrity as he does, as deep a family man as he is do his job with as much integrity as he [does], it's left a big impression on me because I hope to do that same."

Serenity opens Friday.



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Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The movie he was largely responsible for has earned five Oscar nominations, but instead of celebrating, Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer is denying new sexual allegations against him.

The Atlantic published a piece in which multiple men claimed to have had sexual contact with the X-Men director when they were under than the age of consent.

Singer has issued a statement to ABC News via his lawyer which begins by referencing an earlier denial of similar allegations.

"The last time I posted about this subject, Esquire magazine was preparing to publish an article written by a homophobic journalist who has a bizarre obsession with me dating back to 1997," Singer says. "After careful fact-checking and, in consideration of the lack of credible sources, Esquire chose not to publish this piece of vendetta journalism. That didn’t stop this writer from selling it to The Atlantic."

Singer's statement continues, "It’s sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity. Again, I am forced to reiterate that this story rehashes claims from bogus lawsuits filed by a disreputable cast of individuals willing to lie for money or attention."

He concludes, "It is no surprise that, with Bohemian Rhapsody being an award-winning hit, this homophobic smear piece has been conveniently timed to take advantage of its success."

In 2017, a man named Cesar Sanchez-Guzman sued Singer, claiming he raped him in 2003, when Sanchez-Guzman was 17. Singer denied the accusations. The case is still pending.

Singer was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody two weeks before the scheduled end of shooting on Bohemian Rhapsody over what the studio called "unexplained absences." After a hiatus in filming, actor/director Dexter Fletcher took the reins, but due to union regulations, Singer remains the only credited director on the project.

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ABC(NEW YORK) -- In a New York City courtroom today, Alec Baldwin pleaded guilty to Second Degree harassment, stemming from a scuffle in November over a parking spot.

The hot-tempered actor had been facing more serious charges, including attempted assault, but they were dropped when he pleaded guilty to the "violation," as his lawyer later described it.

Baldwin was ordered to attend a short-term anger management program and pay a $120 surcharge.

The 60-year-old actor was caught on camera roughing up another motorist, shoving him onto the hood of a car during the November 2 incident. Baldwin claimed the man stole a spot that was being held for him.

The Saturday Night Live star and Emmy-winner has had several scrapes with the law over the years: In 2014 he was detained by cops after he became "belligerent" when a police officer stopped him for driving his bike in the wrong direction on a one-way street.

In 2012 and 2013, he tangled with two different paparazzi, one of whom filed a harassment claim against him.

In 2007, Baldwin was caught on tape losing his cool with his then-11-year-old daughter Ireland; he later apologized publicly for calling her a "rude thoughtless pig" in the nasty exchange with the girl, who at the time was living with her mother, Baldwin's ex-wife, Kim Basinger.

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TBS/Meghan Sinclair(LOS ANGELES) --  On Tuesday night, Conan O'Brien returned to TBS with a slimmed-down, 30 minute late-night show. Airing at 11 p.m. ET/PT, the revamped Conan still features sidekick Andy Richter, but the shorter, four nights-a-week format will allow O'Brien to do more of his acclaimed remote segments.

"I am happy to announce that the three-month Conan shutdown is over," he said to applause. "President Trump, this is how it's done, right?"

While it's a shorter show, it didn't skimp on the star power: Tom Hanks was Conan's first guest -- although he was "bumped" to a second segment by an even hotter booking: the Instagram egg.

This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia also appeared, and in a shocking twist worthy of his NBC show, was revealed to be O'Brien's "secret son" on a segment called This is CONAN.

In his time off, O'Brien undertook the 18-city tour Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips, and launched a podcast called Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend.



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KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Harvey Weinstein suffered a setback on Tuesday when a judge in New York denied his request to pause a class action suit brought against him in June by 10 of his female accusers, according to court documents obtained The Hollywood Reporter.

Weinstein argued there was an overlap between the civil case, and should he be called to testify in an early deposition, he might have to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. His lawyers insisted that he should not be "forced to make the difficult choice between being prejudiced in the civil litigation, if he asserts his Fifth Amendment privilege or from being prejudiced in the criminal litigation if he ... waives that privilege in the civil litigation."

The plaintiffs in the civil case responded by arguing it would be them experiencing prejudice due to the depletion of Weinstein's financial resources to pay a possible judgment.

"At this stage in the litigation, Weinstein’s Fifth Amendment concerns are merely speculative," the plaintiffs' attorneys stated in court documents. "No testimony is required of Weinstein at this early pleading stage. The briefing and hearing on any motion to dismiss Plaintiffs’ First Amended Complaint will not implicate Weinstein’s Fifth Amendment rights whatsoever."

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein sided with the women, directing Weinstein to file his motion to dismiss on or before January 28. Oral arguments will take place on March 7 -- the same date of the next hearing in the movie mogul's criminal case.

Weinstein received better news when it came to the women's request to restrain his use of documents obtained in discovery in the bankruptcy proceeding. The women contended that Weinstein was "using their private information to wage a public battle," according to THR. Weinstein insisted that the First Amendment "allowed him to defend himself and that such an order would amount to a veritable gag order." Hellerstein ruled in favor of Weinstein on this issue.

Weinstein's facing five criminal counts in New York of rape and sexual assault, all of which he's denied. A sixth count against the film producer was dismissed in October after prosecutors revealed to the defense that they'd discovered a written account from his accuser that suggested the encounter that prompted the count against him was consensual.

Weinstein's trial is set for May 6.

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Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for HBO(NEW YORK) -- Sopranos creator David Chase didn't wander far from the tree to cast a young Tony Soprano for a new prequel film: Michael Gandolfini -- the son of the late James Gandolfini, who played mob boss Tony on The Sopranos -- just got the gig.

Deadline reports the movie's creators held an "exhaustive" search to try to find the lead of The Many Saints of Newark, before Chase circled back to Gandolfini's heir, who recently starred on HBO's The Deuce.

Michael Gandolfini brings not only a keen understanding of the role, but for his "striking resemblance to his dad," according to the trade.

The film, which also stars The Punisher's Jon Bernthal, The Conjuring series' Vera Farmiga, and First Man's Corey Stoll, is set in late 1960s Newark, New Jersey, at the time of the city's race riots.

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ABC/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) -- Whoopi Goldberg, Oscar-winner and four-time host of the ceremony, is giving her take on how the Academy should open the upcoming awards show.

"I would like them to open it with the guys from… Bohemian Rhapsody," Goldberg said on The View, reacting to the Academy's nominations announced Tuesday morning.

"I think if they opened it with 'We are the Champions,' it'd be a wonderful way to kick off the Academy Awards…. Not that I know anything about this," she joked.

"I’m just saying…. Who doesn’t sing that and who isn’t a champion?"

Goldberg hosted the Academy Awards in 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2002. She is one of a handful of entertainers who have won an award at the Emmys, Grammys, Academy Awards and Tonys -- a circuit known in the industry as an EGOT.

The other co-hosts then congratulated all the nominees, highlighting nominations for Spike Lee, Glenn Close, Olivia Colman, Mahershala Ali, Sam Elliott, Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy and Black Panther.

"There were a lot of really good -- I thought -- really good choices!" Goldberg said.

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Peter Lindbergh(HOLLYWOOD) -- The 2019 Oscar nominations are in, and while stars like Lady Gaga, Christian Bale and Emma Stone earned well-deserved nods, others who were expected to be nominated Tuesday morning didn't hear their names called.  For example, big names like Bradley Cooper and acclaimed films like If Beale Street Could Talk came up short in categories like best directing and best picture.

Here's a look at some more big snubs:

Bradley Cooper for Best Director
Entertainment journalist Chris Connelly told ABC's Good Morning America about the snub, "It’s surprising to overlook someone like Cooper, especially on a movie that made over $200 million at the box office."  Connelly added that the entire best directing category was a "head scratcher," as it left out Green Book's Peter Farrelly and didn't include any female directors.

If Beale Street Could Talk
The Barry Jenkins-written and directed film was as Oscar buzz-worthy as it gets heading into Tuesday's nominations, but it didn't land a nod for best picture or for best director. It did score a nod for Regina King in the best supporting actress category however, as well as best original score, and best adapted screenplay. 

Won't You Be My Neighbor
The acclaimed documentary about the late Fred Rogers was considered a lock to get an Oscar nomination --  or it was until Tuesday morning. "I think that was a formidable choice in that category," Connelly said of Neighbor, but added, "It's just really a competitive category this year."

Some other snubs from Tuesday: Crazy Rich Asians was totally shut out. Connelly thought it'd get a best picture nod because of its cultural impact. And Emily Blunt, who'd been mentioned for best supporting actress for Mary Poppins Returns, also came up short.

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Photo by Steven A Henry/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The Cats movie musical is officially off to a purr-fect start for feline fan Taylor Swift.

The singer posted a smiling selfie from the film’s London set in front of a sign with her character’s name, Bombalina. “Meow,” she captioned it.

Adding to her excitement, it was snowing in London Tuesday. She posted a video to her Instagram Story where she basks in the wintry weather, saying, “So I am on set for Cats and it is fully snowing.”

Another video shows her frolicking in the freshly fallen snow with the caption, “Always too excited.”

In the Cats musical, the character of Bombalina is interested in Rum Tum Tugger, a cat who will be played by Jason Derulo. She also sings the song "Macavity," which is about another cat, played by Idris Elba.

The movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical also includes Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen and James Corden and will be directed by Tom Hooper.  It'll be released later this year.

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Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- First, Sara Bareilles wrote the music for a musical based on the 2007 film Waitress.  Then Bryan Adams wrote the music for a musical based on the 1990 film Pretty Woman.  Now, Playbill reports that Melissa Etheridge is getting into the game -- she's writing the music for a musical based on Julia Roberts' breakthrough 1988 movie Mystic Pizza.

Mystic Pizza was about three young women who work at waitresses at a pizza place in Mystic, Connecticut.  In addition to Julia Roberts, the movie also featured Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor and, in his film debut, Matt Damon.

The musical is being written based on the movie's original screenplay.  So far, there's no timeline for the project.

Tweeting a link to the story, Melissa wrote, "Indeed this is true. They are writing the script now and I am looking forward to getting to work on it."

Melissa already has two Grammys and an Oscar.  If the musical is successful, she might be able to add a Tony to her trophy shelf, giving her three-quarters of an EGOT.

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Rami Malek in "Bohemian Rhapsody" - © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(LOS ANGELES) -- Nominations for the 91st annual Academy Awards were announced this morning, and Roma and The Favourite led the pack with 10 nominations apiece, followed by A Star Is Born with 8 and Black Panther with 7 -- including a superhero genre first: a Best Picture nod.

Here are some celebrity reactions:

Rami Malek, Best Actor, Bohemian Rhapsody, to E! - "It’s just something you never expect to happen. It’s like a distant dream that actors have and hope for to some degree. But it’s never really felt in the realm of possibilities -- it’s a pretty joyous occasion to say the least....there’s something about hearing the words that you’re an Oscar nominated actor that are still going to be incredibly shocking. It’s a profoundly humbling moment for me."

Willem Dafoe Best Actor for At Eternity’s Gate, has been nominated before, but never as Best Actor. Regarding his surprise nod for playing artist Vincent Van Gogh, he tells ABC Radio: "You know the people that handicapped [the Oscars race] tend to be journalists and they don't know how films are made and they don't know our actors think sometimes...this is a nomination that comes from people, from the actors' branch of the Academy seeing the movie and acknowledging there's something interesting there." 

Bradley Cooper, nominated for Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture for A Star Is Born tells E!: "Everyone who worked on this film truly risked putting themselves out there -- in the hope that in doing so people will connect and feel something deep and personal -- the way films have made me feel since I was a kid." 

He adds, "So to be here today in a place where people who have seen the film are talking about how it makes them feel, something deep -- that simple human thing -- that we need each other -- and the Academy to recognize that this morning, I just am so grateful."

Alfonso Cuaron, nominated for Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography for Roma: "Thank you to the Academy for recognizing Roma across these categories. Human experience is one in the same, and it’s so gratifying that a black-and-white film about life in Mexico is being celebrated around the world." 

He adds, "We are living a great moment in cinema where diversity is embraced by audiences. This kind of visibility pushes our industry forward and creates more opportunity for new voices and perspectives to emerge."

Yalitza Aparicio - Best Actress, Roma: "From the very first casting call to this morning, my Roma journey has been extraordinary. As a daughter of a domestic worker and an indigenous woman myself, I am proud this movie will help those of us who feel invisible be seen."

Sam Rockwell, Best Supporting actor, for Vice, to E! - "Hot damn! I am so truly honored to be recognized by the Academy again this year. Vice is such a special and important film to be a part of."

Glenn Close, Best Actress nomination for The Wife, to Entertainment Weekly: "Everything to do with this movie has been a total joy...I’m so proud to be in a little film that has such great resonance with so many people. I’m especially proud to have shared the creation of this character with my beloved daughter Annie. So grateful!"

Mahershala Ali, Best Supporting Actor nod for Green Book, tells E!, "I'd like to thank the academy for recognizing my work along with the extraordinary performances of my fellow nominees....through [portraying] Dr. Donald Shirley, I had the gift of navigating circumstances as a profound, gifted, complicated genius...I sincerely hope Dr. Shirley's music and his unique contribution to our culture continues to be discovered, shared and appreciated."

Amy Adams, Best Supporting Actress nominee for Vice, tells E! - "Thank you so much to the Academy for this recognition. It is an honor to be nominated for a film that I loved making. I am grateful to Adam for writing such rich material and for creating such a wonderful work environment."

Emma Stone, Best Supporting Actress nominee for The Favourite, tells E!, "Working on The Favourite alongside my brilliant friends Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and the whole cast was nothing short of incredible. I was grateful every day and am honored by this nomination. [Director] Yorgos created a palace for us all to play in. I am forever indebted to him and the whole team that brought this insane vision to life."

Black Panther star and Oscar winning 12 Years a Slave veteran Lupita Nyong'o took to Twitter to comment on a throwback video of the cast hugging at San Diego Comic Con: "Seven #OscarsNoms for #BlackPanther including best picture!! This is our reaction the first time we saw footage from the film and we're feeling this way all over again today! Thank you @TheAcademy! #WakandaForever #Oscars."

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, nominated as one of the Black Panther producers, said, "This extraordinary recognition is an endorsement of what Black Panther represents for inclusion and for telling different kinds of stories. It has been humbling and gratifying to see the cultural impact this film has had, and it’s something we’re all very proud to have been a part of."

He added, "This could not have happened without our amazing cast and crew and our brilliant director, Ryan Coogler, who brought his unique talent, experience, and deeply personal vision to this story. And of course, I have to thank Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for bringing this character into the world to begin with."
 
Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk was nominated for for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score categories, and Regina King was also nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category. Jenkins shared his sweet response on Twitter: "I'm always overseas when noms come out and I don't watch. Instead my publicist slips notes under my door and I find them when I return. MUCH love from the @BealeStreet family to QUEEN @Regina King and my right hand @NicholasBritell on their Oscar Noms!!!"

Beale Street Supporting Actress nominee Regina King said to E! "Wow, wow, wow. The word I keep coming back to is proud. Proud of our cast and crew with all the work we put into this amazing, yet still timely story. I'm grateful to Barry Jenkins for creating this beautiful role out of the great James Baldwin's words. Collaborating with Barry has been a highlight of my career and this recognition is icing on the cake!"

Richard E. Grant, Supporting Actor for Can You Ever Forgive Me? responded via Twitter: "Am levitating at this astonishing news. Thank you to @TheAcademy for this nomination in such incredible company. I’m indebted to so many people but most of all @melissamccarthy & Marielle Heller."

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, directors of Best Animated film nominee Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, to EW: "This is an incredible honor. We’re grateful to the Academy for recognizing the work of more than 800 artists and filmmakers who came together to tell the extraordinary story of Miles Morales in a groundbreaking way....we’ve heard countless stories about parents whose children looked up at them while watching the film and said 'He looks like me,' or 'They speak Spanish like us,' or 'I want to grow up and be like her.'"

They add, "It's such a simple concept but that is the reason so many people worked so hard -- to make a movie that was worthy of Miles and makes everyone feel powerful and seen. Now more than ever, the world needs everyday superheroes and we are counting on everyone."

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- The 91st Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning, and Black Panther roared on the scene with seven nominations, including one for Best Picture, one for Hannah Beachler for Best Production Design -- the first black person ever to be nominated-- and another for Ruth E. Carter for Best Costume Design.

The superhero film, which has the highest-grossing non-sequel opening weekend of all time and made history by being the first major comic book film with a black lead, is now officially the first superhero film to EVER have a Best Picture nomination.

Also nominated for Best Picture is Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman.

On the note of Spike, he's also received his first Oscar nod for Best Director, making him the sixth black filmmaker to do so. He follows Barry Jenkins for Moonlight, Jordan Peele for Get Out, Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave, Lee Daniels for Precious and John Singleton for Boyz n the Hood. Lee also landed a nod for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Although Jenkins won for Best Picture in 2017, he missed the Best Director and Best Picture categories this year. Instead he snagged Best Adapted Screenplay for his James Baldwin film If Beale Street Could Talk, with his Beale Street star Regina King receiving a Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress. Barry's Moonlight star, Mahershala Ali, also received a Best Supporting Actor nod this year for his film Green Book.

The 91st Academy Awards air Sunday, February 24 at 8am ET on ABC.

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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