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(NOTE LANGUAGE) If you're in the mood for something sweet this weekend, how does a thousand-square-foot house made of candy sound? Candified: Home for the Holidays is now streaming on Hulu, giving you the chance to see how candy artist Jackie Sorkin and her team pulled off the sweet feat. 

"We set out to impress this potential investor," Sorkin explained to ABC Audio.

Forget visions of sugarplums -- he was dreaming of a candy hotel. "This is a big daddy whale, and we had to create a giant candy house to show him our ability, our talent, our creativity, our scope, our team, our, you know, our bada**ness," says Sorkin, "and it's like we had to show it in a really big way and we did it again."

"So, yeah, six weeks to create a massive, life-sized candy house," Sorkin concludes. "It's kind of crazy. Can't believe we did it still."

It took hundreds of thousands of pieces of sugary pieces to bring the creation to life, from the front yard to candy lamps, furniture, and anything else you'd find in a home -- except it's all edible.

"The first 'wow' entry moment, a big front yard giant, dreidel, snowman plants, you know, the candy walkways, everything is just obviously candyfied and incredible," Sorkin enthuses.

"The interior, the living room, the spinning Christmas tree, the functional candy train that choo-choos around the living room with a massive candy couch. So many details that really make you enter this house and go, 'Oh my gosh, this is the entire house made of candy. This is real life Candyland!'"  

 

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Seth Rogen wanted to have a good time at Adele's One Night Only concert taping -- but then he set fire to the blunt.  

Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the actor said he "smoked a ton of weed" when pre-gaming for the concert, but that decision blew up in his face.

"We pull up and we see cranes, camera cranes, there's drones flying around, there's an entire crew there, and I'm like, 'Oh no, we are at the filming of a television special,'" Seth recalled.  He insisted he had "no idea I was attending the taping" because the invitation advertised it as "a small Adele concert."

But it just kept getting worse for the Santa Inc. star, who was already kicking himself.

"I'm like, 'Maybe it's not that big a television special,' and then the first person I see is Oprah Winfrey," he groaned.  Then he and wife Lauren Miller were seated "in the front row of the Adele concert."

"We're in front-row center.  We're as close as you can fathomably be. I sit down there's a camera literally pointed at my face," the comic laughed. 

To make matters worse, Seth had better seats than A-listers like Drake and Leonardo DiCaprio. "I could just feel them be insulted that I had such a good seat," he recalled, and insisted he does not know Adele, so he couldn't explain why he was in the front row.  Neither did Adele's actual friends, as Seth admitted he felt "Drake's eyes drilling into the back of my head."

Unable to "slink into the background" and "sit in the back," Seth relied on his acting skills to get him through the night, "playing the role of just an undistracted, normal, cool guy trying to enjoy an Adele concert." 

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Ever since Sex and the City fans learned that Kim Cattrall's Samantha would not be a part of the HBO Max revival, And Just Like That..., they wondered how the series could go on without her.

However, SATC showrunner Michael Patrick King tells The Hollywood Reporter, “And Just Like That... was never four [characters].”

“It never was on the radar as four because Kim Cattrall, for whatever reason, didn’t want to play Samantha anymore while we were doing the [third] movie,” King told the magazine.

While a script was created for a third film, Cattrall told producers to count her out. “I can’t. My heart isn’t in it anymore,” the now 65-year-old actress wrote on Instagram in 2017, replying to a user who asked her to “find a way” to make the follow-up to 2010’s Sex and the City 2.

“I’ve moved on. 61 isn’t 53 or 41,” she added.

The movie was ultimately scrapped, and King understood that it was unlikely that any future SATC-related project would ever feature Cattrall.

“I never thought, ‘Oh, there’s a hole I have to fill,’” he said about Cattrall not being on board. “Samantha doesn’t not exist in their lives. [And Just Like That...] was born of these three characters: What’s their life, and who can I bring in to inform it?”

And Just Like That... -- starring Sarah Jessica ParkerKristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon -- launches with two episodes on December 9, with the next eight being released each subsequent Thursday.

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Just in time for Christmas, Airbnb is offering the perfect getaway for the holidays: the very Chicago home seen in the movie Home Alone

This time, just don't forget to take the kids -- all of them.

While the interiors of the McCallister home that Macaulay Culkin's Kevin McCallister vowed to protect were shot on a set, the exterior looks as it did in the 1990 hit. 

"During the stay, guests will enjoy a cozy holiday scene with twinkling lights and a perfectly trimmed tree in celebration of the season, booby traps galore, all the '90s junk food their hearts desire (including Chicago's finest pizza and a candlelit dinner of highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese), a meet and greet with a real-life tarantula, and more!" a press release teases.

The release clarifies that you'll be setting the booby traps, not tripping them. Oh, and lodgers can also enjoy "Surprisingly searing splashes of aftershave and ample opportunity to scream into the mirror."

You won't even have to break the piggy bank to book it: Stays start at $25. 

What's more, Kevin's big brother Buzz himself, actor Devin Ratray, will welcome you there. "You may not remember me as particularly accommodating," Buzz says in the release in character, "but I've grown up, and I'd be happy to share my family home -- my pizza, even -- with you this holiday season."

He adds in Airbnb's announcement, "Just try not to let my tarantula, Axl, loose this time."

Bookings for an overnight stay on December 12 will open on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. ET at airbnb/homealone.

The offering is timed to the recent release of Home Sweet Home Alone on Disney+, which will screen the night of your stay.

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There's nothing bad about this -- Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul and wife Lauren are expecting baby number two, and they couldn't be more excited. 

Lauren shared the joyful news to Instagram on Wednesday. Alongside an adorable photo of the couple's three-year-old daughter Story Annabelle rubbing her baby bump, she wrote, "We can't wait to meet you baby! We love you so much already."

The due date or sex of the child was not mentioned.

Aaron, 42, and his actress wife Lauren, 34, married in 2013 and previously opened up about their desires to expand their family. 

"I can't wait to have another baby, and I'm so excited to see what 40 has to offer," the Westworld actor told Haute Living last year. "I'm just excited to be around, to be alive. I'm just happy to be here. Life is good."

Aaron also enthused about being a parent and admitted that "fatherhood has definitely changed me."

"Having a child is the closest thing to magic that anyone can have," he said. "I see why people rush home to be there when they get home from school. You don't want to miss any of it."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It could turn out to be a very merry Christmas for movie theaters across the country, that is if advance ticket sales for Marvel's Spider-Man: No Way Home are any indication.

The online ticketing service Fandango is reporting Spider-Man: No Way Home has shattered the pre-sale records for 2021, beating out Marvel’s Black Widow. It’s even keeping pace with films that premiered prior to COVID-19, including 2019’s Avengers: Endgame

In fact, when tickets for the Tom Holland-led film went on sale on Monday, some online sites crashed due to the demand. Additionally, theater owners had to hastily add screenings, according to Variety.

A co-production of Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, Spider-Man: No Way Home, co-starring Zendaya as MJ and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, hits theaters on Dec. 17.

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Wendy Williams appears to be doing well amid her on-going health issues. 

In a video clip published by The Shade Room on Wednesday, the talk show host is barefoot and wearing a red Versace robe as she exits a Miami wellness facility and makes her way to a black SUV with the help of her driver. 

Although Williams, 57, stays mum about the status of The Wendy Williams Show and if it's cancelled, she does say "thank you," when the paparazzi says "everyone does hope you feel better."

When asked about her recovery, she responds in third person stating, "Wendy is doing fabulous" and adds that fans can look forward to "lots more Wendy stuff."

As previously reported, Williams has been absent from her show since it was originally expected to return on September 20 for the start of its 13th season. Her return was delayed due to ongoing health issues, which included testing positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19.

Since then, numerous guest hosts have filled in for her, including Sherri ShepherdLeah ReminiMichael Rapaport and Jerry Springer.

Williams previously addressed her absence from the show in a statement shared on November 8. 

“HOW YOU DOIN’? I MISS YOU ALL! As everyone knows, my health has been a hot topic," the statement reads. "I’m making progress but it’s just one of those things that’s taking longer than we expected."

She continues, “I’m a woman of a certain age, and I know enough to listen to my doctors and will return to my purple chair as soon as we all agree I’m ready. I want to thank all of my staff and our guest hosts for stepping up and stepping in while I can’t be there.”

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) In Black PantherMichael B. Jordan's battle-scarred alter-ego Erik Stevens/Killmonger famously faces off with Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa, saying, "I've lived my entire life, waiting for this moment!" In real life, Jordan is saying the same thing, in a feature piece with The Hollywood Reporter

The actor, producer and director of the upcoming Creed III isn't letting his moment pass, either.

"My ambition has intersected at this moment where I have the experience and knowledge to direct...and [the ability] to maximize it by having a production company," Jordan says. "It's my turn to make my impact while I have the energy and strength."

The 34-year-old adds, "It's the moment I've waited for my entire life. This is it."

Jordan, whose Outlier Society production company is backing the third Creed film, in addition to other projects, notes, "To be young, Black and successful -- and disruptive -- in this industry, there's a certain navigation to get to the place I need to get to." 

He adds, "This is the most open that things have been for somebody who's in favor right now, and you try to...stay in it for as long as you can."

Jordan explains that taking a leading role for director Denzel Washington in the December 25 release A Journal for Jordan was a chance to get a master class in both acting and directing before Creed III started shooting.

"Denzel perfected 'leading man,'" he says. "He was like, 'I'm going to f***ing dominate this one thing and master it." 

The actor also has another role model in Will Smith. "He says all the time that he doesn't feel like he's the most talented, but he works the hardest," Michael says.

Creed III opens November 23, 2022.

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Fresh off her role in the hit Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsAwkwafina has reportedly taken a role in the monster movie Renfield, opposite Nicolas Cage, who will portray Dracula. 

Deadline, which broke the news of Cage's casting, also revealed the rapper-turned-Crazy Rich Asians scene-stealer's participation.

The movie, directed by The Tomorrow War's Chris McCay, centers on the titular henchman of the classic Dracula tales. X-Men movie veteran Nicholas Hoult will play the title character, a "zoophagic maniac," obsessed with eating living creatures to absorb their life force.

Based on the classic Universal monster movies, the story for Renfield was written by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, whose Skybound Entertainment company is producing. Rick and Morty veteran Ryan Ridley penned the script.

Incidentally, Renfield was first announced two years ago; at that point, actor-turned-Bohemian Rhapsody director Dexter Fletcher was set to direct. 

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Record breaking gymnast Simone Biles is one of the People of the Year! The seven-time Olympic medal winner joins Dolly Parton, Sandra Oh from Grey’s Anatomy, and National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey, on the list of People Magazine’s 2021 People Of the Year

At the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, Simone withdrew from several events. citing mental health issues. She still won a silver medal and a bronze medal. "Now [people] view me as human, which makes me so happy," she tells People. "I fought hard. I survived. I'm proud of myself."

In the other news, there will be a remake of the 1992 film White Men Can't Jump starring Wesley Snipes and Woody HarrelsonDeadline reports that Calmatic, who recently wrapped production directing the House Party reboot, will direct. Kenya Barris is producing and co-writing the script.

Finally, Gabrielle Union is joining the cast of the live reenactment of the 80s sitcom, The Facts of Life, according to Variety. Gabrielle will play Tootie, originally portrayed by Kim Fields. The Facts of Life live will air with a live reenactment of Diff'rent Strokes.

As previous reported, Kevin Hart will star as Gary Coleman's character, Arnold Drummond, and Damon Wayans will play his brother Willis, originally portrayed by Todd BridgesLive in Front of a Studio Audience: The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes will air live Tuesday, December 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Actor Alec Baldwin told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview that he had "no idea" how a live bullet got onto the set of his film Rust, but that he "didn't pull the trigger" on the firearm that killed one person and wounded another.

"I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never," Baldwin told Stephanopoulos in a first-look segment from the upcoming interview, which is produced by George Stephanopoulos Productions. 

Alec Baldwin Unscripted will air this Thursday, December 2, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and will begin streaming on Hulu later that evening.

"Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn't even supposed to be on the property," the actor added.

On October 21, Baldwin was holding an antique revolver during a dress rehearsal for the Western film at the Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico, when it discharged, killing the movie's cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and wounding its director, Joel Souza.

In the exclusive ABC News interview, Baldwin, who was starring in and co-produced the film, talked about what happened on set that fateful day, saying he had no reason to suspect a live bullet could be in the prop gun.

He also talked with Stephanopoulos about Hutchins, 42, who was struck in the chest and died after being airlifted to a hospital.

"I think back and I think of what could I have done?" Baldwin said.

"She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with [her] and liked by everyone who worked with [her], and admired," Alec noted. "I mean, even now I find it hard to believe that [she's gone]. It doesn't seem real to me."

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Batgirl has taken flight. 

With an Instagram snap of the movie's clapper, co-director Adil El Arbi wrote, "Day One of Batgirl!!!" followed with an Arabic phrase meaning "Praise be to God."

Bilall Fallah is co-directing; the pair previously directed the hit Bad Boys for Life.

The photo was set against a desk belonging to "Officer Barbara Gordon," who Bat-fans know is the alter-ego of the titular heroine and the daughter of Batman's longtime confidante, Gotham Police Commissioner James Gordon. 

Leslie Grace is playing Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in the film, and her dad will be played by Oscar winner JK Simmons, reprising his role from Justice LeagueBrendan Fraser has been cast as Garfield Lynns, also known as the pyromaniac baddie Firefly.

Warner Bros. has stated that HBO Max will be a proving ground of sorts for its DC heroes before they turn up on the big screen. However, Batgirl was written by DC big-screen movie vet Christina Hodson, who penned the scripts for both Birds of Prey with Margot Robbie and the upcoming Flash movie that will star Ezra Miller.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kathy Griffin was back to her old self -- minus her usual voice -- in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in which she told him she's now "cancer free."

As previously reported, Griffin discovered in 2021 that she had lung cancer, and in August she underwent surgery to remove part of her lung.

The former Fashion Police co-host first explained to Jimmy and his audience that her voice is "two octaves higher" as a result of intubation from the surgery.

"I had a tumor, right? And I've never smoked, and it was in there for 10 years. So get this, they took it out and found [cancer] in another scan."

Griffin, 61, made light of her new higher, huskier pipes, which she called "Minnie Mouse meets Marilyn Monroe" and which the former My Life on the D List star said would be temporary. For now, she's enjoying it, saying her voice is "higher than Mariah Carey's." 

The comic also revealed that she gained 20 pounds during the pandemic, so she says she's taken to wearing Gucci tracksuits, which she did on the show, complimented with a fanny pack. "So I'm chubby...but I look rich," she quipped. 

Obviously in good spirits, Griffin joked her surgery gave her some inspiration for a new drag moniker: Diva Half-a-Lungoria.  She also admitted that her fight with the disease gave her a good excuse to get out of anything. "I have too much cancer," she recalled saying, to laughs.

Kathy also alluded to her being "cancelled" following a 2017 photoshoot where she was shown holding up a decapitated head made to look like former President Donald Trump's. "I'm uncanceled. I think I'm an actress again, you guys," exclaimed Griffin, who appears in season five of the show Search Party.

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A familiar face will host next year's 64th Annual Grammy Awards. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah will return in the role and induct a new class of Grammy winners on January 31.

Next year's award show will be held at the newly renamed Crypto.com Arena -- formerly the Staples Center -- in Los Angeles, California.

Trevor last held down the fort for the pandemic-delayed 63rd Grammy Awards on March 14. This continues a streak LL Cool J started in 2012, where every host has returned for at least two consecutive stints. James Corden hosted both the 2017 and 2018 ceremonies, followed by Alicia Keys' back-to-back appearances in 2019 and 2020.

Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement, "We’re so excited to welcome Trevor back to the GRAMMYs stage and feel fortunate to once again have him hosting what we believe will be an unforgettable evening."  He also called Trevor an "amazing" host and said he garnered "praise from the music community, music fans and critics" during 2021's socially-distanced ceremony.

Although the host will remain the same, things will run a little differently for next year's nominees. Last week, the Recording Academy announced some changes in the so-called Big Four categories. For first time in Grammy history, there are 10 nominees up for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

Artist Jon Batiste heads into the ceremony with a leading 11 nominations.  Justin BieberDoja Cat and H.E.R. are also top nominees, with eight nods each.

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards will air January 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

 

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On Good Morning America Wednesday, George Stephanopoulos revealed that he sat down with Alec Baldwin for a "raw, intense" interview airing on ABC Thursday evening, about the deadly shooting on the set of Baldwin's Western film, Rust

It will be Baldwin's first formal interview since he fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on October 21, when the actor and producer fired a pistol he claims he was told was "cold," meaning safe.

"I've done thousands of interviews in the last 20 years at ABC, this was the most intense I've ever experienced...So raw. He's devastated," Stephanopoulos says of Baldwin, adding, "but he was also candid, very forthcoming...[and] went through in detail what happened on the set that day."

The interview, recorded Tuesday, will air at 8 p.m. on ABC Thursday and stream later that day on Hulu. 

News of the interview comes as investigators revealed for the first time that they may be closer to understanding how live ammunition ended up on Rust's New Mexico set. One of those bullets ended up in the chamber of Baldwin's gun, instead of an inert, "dummy" bullet used for close-ups. 

Authorities have said "a mix" of hundreds of blank rounds, dummy rounds and live ammunition rounds had been recovered from the set.

As previously reported, the set employed neophyte Hannah Gutierrez Reed, 24, as the movie's armorer, who is the daughter of Thell Reed, an experienced armorer and veteran of hundreds of productions. 

ABC News has learned that, according to a search warrant dated November 30, Mr. Reed told investigators that another that man, Seth Kenney, requested in August/September that Mr. Reed bring live ammunition to a set in order to train the actors on a firearms range. Reed says he subsequently provided 200-300 rounds in an ammo can, and that the "ammunition was not factory made rounds." Reed further told investigators, "this ammunition may match the ammunition found on the set of Rust," as each reloaded shell casing bore a distinct company design that could match the spent one recovered from Baldwin's chamber.

The warrant states Reed further told investigators that when the production ended, Kenney took the ammo can and remaining ammunition back to New Mexico. Reed says when he attempted to get Kenney to return the can and unused ammunition rounds, Kenney told Reed to “write it off." 

According to the warrant, Kenney told detectives on October 27 that he provided the Rust production with dummy rounds and blanks from a manufacturer identified as Starline Brass. Two days later, Oct 29, Kenney called detectives again and, "advised he may know where the live rounds came from."

The search warrant details, "[Kenney] described how a couple years back he received 'reloaded ammunition' from a friend" with the Starline Brass logo on it. But he didn't support Thell Reed's other allegations.

Additionally, attorneys for Hanna Gutierrez Reed, who weeks ago declared, without providing proof, that Baldwin's pistol was intentionally sabotaged, labeled Kenney an "armorer-mentor" for the 24-year-old.

Through his attorney, Kenney took issue with the allegation from Reed's camp. "Mr. Kenney is fully-cooperating with the authorities, as he has been since the tragic incident took place," Kenney's attorney, Adam Engelskirchen, said in a statement provided to ABC News. "Neither Mr. Kenney nor PDQ Arm & Prop, LLC provided live ammunition to the Rust production."

Further, Engelskirchen said the search warrant affidavit "includes material misstatements of fact, particularly with regard to statements ascribed to Mr. Kenney."

"Reports in other media outlets that Mr. Kenney was part of the crew of Rust or was employed by the production to provide any sort of supervisory services are patently false," he added.

Officially, authorities have not ruled out criminal charges in the case as the investigation continues.

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